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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Phonograph  -  General  (E-12-64) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  commercial  and  technical  development  of  Edison's  phonograph.  Included 
is  material  pertaining  to  the  Diamond  Disc  Phonograph,  which  was 
demonstrated  at  the  Boston  Electric  Show  in  October  1912  and  marketed 
throughout  the  United  States  by  the  end  of  the  year.  Also  included  are  items 
dealing  with  the  development  of  Blue  Amberol  cylinder  records,  the  Edison 
home  recording  outfit  ("shaving  machine"),  and  the  Edison  School 
Phonograph.  Among  the  subjects  discussed  in  the  documents  are  the 
manufacture  of  phonographs,  cabinets,  and  records;  the  evaluation  of  singers 
and  trial  records;  contracts  with  artists;  trademarks;  and  patent  interferences. 
There  is  also  correspondence  with  Marshall  C.  Lefferts  of  the  Celluloid  Co., 
along  with  letters  from  phonograph  enthusiasts  and  requests  or  suggestions 
concerning  the  improvement  and  promotion  of  the  phonograph. 

In  addition  to  the  correspondence,  there  are  drafts  of  promotional 
material,  technical  notes  and  drawings  by  Edison,  and  instructions  to 
members  of  his  technical  and  administrative  staff,  including  Jonas  W. 
Aylsworth  Frank  K.  Dolbeer,  Miller  Reese  Hutchison,  Walter  H.  Miller, 
Alexander  N.  Pierman,  and  Carl  H.  Wilson.  Also  included  are  Edison  s  copies 
of  interoffice  communications,  demonstration  reports,  and  minutes  from 
committee  meetings  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

The  committee  minutes  appear  at  the  end  of  the  folder  in  the  following 
order:  Executive  Committee,  Amusement  Phonograph  Department 
Committee,  Dictating  Machine  Committee,  Manufacturing  Committee,  and 
Phonograph  Sales  and  Advertising  Committee.  Also  included  are  minutes 
from  a  meeting  of  salesmen  on  December  30, 1912,  to  discuss  the  marketing 
of  Diamond  Disc  phonographs  and  records.  Among  the  topics  discussed  in 
the  Executive  Committee  minutes  are  the  possibility  of  making  voice 
recordings  of  presidential  contenders  Theodore  Roosevelt,  Woodrow  Wilson, 
and  Champ  Clark  and  the  status  of  the  phonograph  business  in  Mexico  and 
Latin  America. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  includes  unsolicited  correspondence  with  no  substantive 
reply  from  Edison,  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgment,  memoranda 
concerning  billing  procedures,  circular  letters,  and  weekly  summaries  of 
agreements  with  disc  dealers. 

J  take  this  opportunity  to  also  inform  you 
that  the  first  ten  Busi-noea  Phonographs  with  the 
oollapsible  mandrel  are  being  shipped  out  of  the  shop 
this  week.  You  probably  ’nor-  that  wo  aro  paying  250 
a  machine  royalty,  when  wo  use  the  cylindor  ejector 
and  this  collapsible  mandrel  ir  intended  to.  replace 
that  flovioo ,  ro  thet  the  royalty  can  bo  cancelled  for 
overy  nnchine  rihippod  vitfc  u  oollapclble  rnsnSrol* 

If  I  can  add  anything  further,  I  will  bo 
pleased  to  do  bo. 

Please  confirm  this  with  mo, 
no  that  thoro  will  bo  no  n i nuride ratondi r,g  that  I  have 
not  notified  tho  correct  party.- 

Yours  truly, 

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hoar  Mr.  Edison: 

I  pro 3Umaaf3urTIne _whilo  in  (Siicaojo  Will  be 
very  much  occupied.  If,  however,  you  can  spare  au  hour 
I  should  take  ploasuro  in  showing  you  and  any  of  the  rest 
of  your  party  who  are  interested  how  we  sell  Edison  Phonographs 
I  boliove  you  will  find  our  systems  very  interesting.  If^you 
find  that  you  can  spare  the  time  will  gladly  call  for 'you  at 
your  hotel  at  any  time  you. suggest, .and. see  that' ‘you  get  back 
at  your  appointed  time.< 

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Ur.  H.  ?.  Miller, 

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Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Miller 

Some  time  ago  you  wrote  me  in  behalf  of  M 
Edison  for  whom  I  was  to  make  some  demonstrations  in 
regard  to  the  "Human  Voice".  Of  course,  I  wanted  to 
for  him  the  extreme  things.  It  is  two  years  since  I 
have  tried  singing  higher  or  lower  than  any  music  ex 


tent  requires  -  not  since  I  had  made  some  tests  before 
scientific  persons  interested  in  such  investigations. 

Upon  receipt  of  your  letter  opening  the  way  to  Mr. 

Edison  I  was  therefore  out  of  training  for  doing  things 
at  the  extreme  limit.  I  now,  however,  am  getting  back 
into  best  training  and  I  soon  shall  demonstrate  to  him 
a  scale  of  forty-nine  or  fifty  semitones,  without  strain. 
Meanwhile  would  you  approve  of  my  writing  to  him  some  of 
my  ideas  concerning  "The  Hew  Basis  of  Voice".  To  you, 
in  this  there  is  a  most  practical  bearing;  for  better 
methods  than  those  now  used  can  be  devised  for  talking!?) 
phonographs.  Better  results  can  be  achieved,  here  at 
Columbia  quietly  and  almost  secretly.  Dr.  Forbes  and  I 


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have  been  getting  at  this  subject.  Just  now  Dr*  Forbes  is 
ill  and  I  doubt  that  he  can  do  anything  more  this  year.  I 
hope  to  find  some  other  practical  worker,  especially  in 
the  making  of  machines,  to  assist  me;  for  I  have  no  handi¬ 
ness  in  making  machines.  I  know  what  should  be  done,  how¬ 

Again  trusting  to  your  kindness,  I  am, 

Yours  truly 

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kJAN  1  5  1!' 

Please  note  that  all  ran  (Shinary,  gas  fittings, 
An  nnaoFmarv  for  the  Blue  Rooord  plant,  as  laid  out  by  12r.  Philpot, 
are’ to  hi  ordered  through  the  laboratory,  either  fr°|B  °^^ide  parties, 
the  laboratory  or  the  faotory,  depending  on  who  oan  furnish  thorn  host 
and  mrlokoat.  This  will  leave  nothing  but  the  oarponter  work,  to- 
rotho-^with  tho  installation  of  machinery,  to  be  looked  °itor_and 
taken  o^ro  of  by  our  faotory  help,  and  this  wo  should  bo  amply  ablo  to 
take  oare  of  in  time  for  requirements. 

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Copies  to  Messrs.  Edi^fen  and  Weber. 

Tm  mn,1o  Issue  a  manufaoturins  order  for  25  We  Shaving  Machines  to 
?a5d  fof.  do?oastration  purposes ,  j*st  as  soon  as  drawings 
are  received  from  the  Engineering  Sept.  Also  for  26  four-minnta^ 

wlth  25  shaTiDS  machines.  Those  outfits  should  he 
pushed  through  as  rapidly  as  possible.  6 

the  ^  same  time  issue  a  manufacturing  order  for  3.000  Ho5be  Shaving 
4  3'°°°  four-minute  recorders,  to  he  manufactured  for  stock06 
“ 3v,s°°n  as  tools  can  he  completed.  The  drawings  for  the  four- 
iS  Popt?  a°r  haVe  alr°ady  130611  furnished  tho  factory  hy  the  Engineer- 

1/3.0/13.  y  o.ifo. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  Dyer:  Weber:  Wetzel:  Dolheer:  MoChesnoy: 
Goodwin:  Maxwell:  Bliss. 


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Jenuary  26,  1912.' 

Mr.  Wilson: 

The  Committee  listened  to  fifteen  Blue  Amberol 
Records  at  the  Meeting  held  last  night.  The  surfaces  generally, 
aside  from  crackles  and  knocks  were  found  to  he  excellent.  It 
was  noted  however  that  ten  out  of  the  fifteen  Records  given  to  the 
Committee  "ran  out"  more  than  we  allow  for  commercial  product. 

The  selections  were  as  follows: 




2  Samples  oommeroial. 

1  "  had  knocks  ana  >- 
oraokles  -  runs  out  -  not 


8  Samples  commercial. 

1  "  knooks  and 

oraokles  -  runs  out  - 
not  commercial  -  had 

10510  1  SWIEG  10W  SWEET  CHARIOT 

1  Sample.  Bad  knooks  and 
oraokle  s  -  runs  out  -  not 

2  Samples.  light  knocks  and 
crackles.  Doubtful  as  to 
whether  aoceptahle  as 


-  2  - 


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2  Samples.  Eight  Enochs, 
hut  considered  commercial. 
1  Sample.  Bad  EnoohB  -  not 



10519  2  MY  SOTJL  IS  A  WITNESS 

5  Samples  -  all  oommer- 


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January  30,  1912.' 

Mr.  WilBon: 

The  Record  Committee  have  gone  over  enough.  Blue 
Amberol  Records  to  establish  the  following  faots : 

All  of  the  Records  run  out  badly,  an  objectionable 
feature' that  must  be  overcome.' 

“*■  St£t—  (.)  Praotioally  all  of  the  Reoords  are  full  of  small  Bnd  light  knocks,  whioh  are  not  in  the  moulds.  These 
cracMes  may  be  due  to  dirt  or  impurities  in  the  material  used. 
~g.  ^  The  general  surface  of  all  the  Reoords,  which  the 

Committee  have  heard  is  considered  good  enough  for  commercial 

The  Committee  heard  18  Reoords  this  afternoon,  6 
of  which  were  found  to  be  commercial. 

Oat.  Bo.  Title  Talent 


Mould  Ho.  29 

Sample  Ho.  1  runs  out  -  kaooks 
and  -  not 

™  2  runs  out  -  knocks 

and  ora Okies  -  not 

"  3  runs  out  -  knocks 

and  crackles  -  not 
commercial t  on  account 
of  poor  moulding.  The 
majority  of  these 
knocks  are  not  in  the 





Mould  no.  30 

Semple  Ho.  1  runs  out  -  knocks 
and  oraoklos  -  not 

2  runs  out  -  knocks 
and  crackles  -  not 

3  runs  out  ~  knooks 
and  crackles  -  not 
commercial ,  on  account 
of  poor  moulding.  Bad 
rough  spot  in  the  mould. 

Mould  Ho.  36 

Sample  Ho.  1  runs  out  -  knooks 

and  crackles  -  one 
sided"  -  rough  surface 
not  commercial. 

2  runs  out  -  crackles  - 
surface  rough  on  first 
part  -  commercial. 

3  runs  out  -  had  rough 
spot  in  center  -  not 

Mould  Ho.  27 

Sample  Ho.  1  only  slight  run  out- 
light  knooks  -  com¬ 
mercial  . 

2  bad  run  out  -  good 
surface  -  not  com¬ 

3  runs  out  -  loud  knocks 
-  not  commercial. 

Mould  Ho.  37 

Sample  Ho.  1  runs  out  -  knockB 
and  o rookie s  -  not 

2  runs  out  -  light 
oraokles  -  oommeroial. 

3  Blight  run  out  -  light 
oraokles  -  oommeroial. 

Copy  Hr.  Dyer . 

..  A- 

PHC/W  February  3rd  1912 

Sear  Mr.  Edison,  v 

In  accordance  with  instructions  from  Mr.  Dyer 
indicating  your  wishes  I  have  had  tests  made  of  the  voioes  of 
a  number  of  singers  and  the  samples  are  being  sent  to  Orange 
for  your  examination. 

Attached  hereto  is  a  memorandum  showing  name  of  singer 
class  and  selection  sung  for  teBt  purposes. 

Enclosed  you  will  find  Borne  presB  notices  and  par¬ 
ticulars  of  the  artists  whose  tests  are  being  forwarded. 

I  understand  from  Mr.  Dyer  you  are  seeking  voices  of 
a  certain  quality  having  in  mind  their  suitability  for  our  work. 

If  you  oare  to  go  a  little  more  in  detail  as  to  what 
particular  characteristics  you  are  seeking  I  may  be  able  to 
give  you  more  intelligent  assistance. 

I  want  to  oo-operate  with  and  be  of  Borne  real  help 
to  you  but  feel  as  if  we  are  groping  over  here  and  don't  know 
whether  what  we  are  sending  is  what  you  are  after. 

Most  of  the  singers  who Be  work  we  are  forwarding  have 
been  secured  through  the  Imperial  Concert  Agenoy.  Some  have 
voioes  which  are  promising  for  our  work.  We  have  rejeoted  many 
and  are  only  sending  those  along  whioh  in  our  opinion  might 

Mr.  Edison  Contd.  Page  2 

possibly  possess  tbs  quality  you  are  seeking.  Hone  have  known 
a  phonographio  oareer. 

Among  those  sent  I  might  particularly  invite  your 
attention  to  the  following: 

Mar#  Holding  Dramatio  Soprano.  Promising  for  our  work. 

Phyllis  Lett  Soprano.  A  bit  nervouB.  Sang  slightly  off, 
but  might  be  developed. 

Winifred  Lewis  Contralto.  Very  good  indeed.  Would  probably 
make  an  excellent  addition  to  our  list  of  Edison  Singers. 

Alfred  Heather.  Sootoh  Tenor.  Very  good  for  our  work. 
Hubert  Eisdell.  Tenor.  Excellent. 

Horman  Williams.  Bass  Baritone.  Very  good. 

Louise  Sims  Contralto.  Oood  quality  but  very  nervous 
during  trial. 

We  will  make  additional  shipments  to  you  from  time 

to  time  and  meanwhile  if  you  oare  to  supplement  original  in¬ 
structions  we  will  do  all  we  oan  to  accomplish  what  you  desire. 
Eaithfully  yours, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq. , 

Orange , 




Gertrude  Reynolds 

If  do.  Mary  Conly. 

Mr.  Richard  Ripley. 
Hr.  Gwynna  Davies 
Joseph  Farrington 
Miss  Winifred  Lewis 
Mr.  Fredk.  Ranalow 

Miss  Phyllis  Lott 
Kiss  Kay  Peters 

Soprano  "Oh  Flowor  of  all  the  World” 

Ss  Seale. 

Dramatic  "The  auld  Hoose".  &  Scale. 

Tonor  "Mother  o'  mine".  &  Scale. 

Tenor  "Thy  Learning  eyes".  &  Scale. 
Bass  Baritone.  "Drake  goes  West". 

Contralto  "The  Rosary"  &  Scale. 

Bass  Baritone.  "Drink  to  me  only" 

&  "The  Crocodile". 

Contralto  "Lillies" 

Contralto  "One  tho  hankB  of  Allan  water” 

Miss  Jennie  Taggart  Soprano  "Bran  hraw  lads". 
Miss  Mary  Fielding  Dramatic  "Sunshine  &  Rain" 
Miss  Caroline  Hatchard  Soprano  Rohin  Adair  . 

These  have  already  "been .  forwarded. 




Mr.  Alfred  Heather  Tonor  ,  Bonnie  Wee  thing 

Mr.  Hubert  Eindell  0  "I  know  of  two  bright  eye  a” 

&  Scale 

Mr.  Julian  Henry  Baritone  "I'm  wearing  ara'  Jena" 

&  Scale 

Hies  Ghrietine  Bywator  Soprano  “If  I  built  a  World  for  you 

&  Scale . 

Ur.  Anderson  Hiool  Tenor  "The  fond  kiss'1  &  Scale 

Ur.  Alexander  Webster  Tenor  "Bonnie  Wee  thing"  &  Scale. 

Ur.  Albert  Beresford  Counter  Tenor  "HeSt  me  to-night  in 
Dreamland"  &  Scale. 

Ur.  Horman  Williams  Baas  "The  Wreck"  &  Scale. 

Miss  Louise  Sims.  Contralto  "Host  thee  my  dear  one" 

&  Scale. 

The  above  will  bo  forwarded  with  the  next  shipment. 

Wo  have  not  yet  received  pa  ticulars  and  Press  notices 
of  the  last  three  artistB.  They  will  be  forwarded  when 

Foh •  8th,  1912 

Mr.  Walter  Killer, 

79  Fifth  Ava., 

Mow  vork  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Kill  ear: - 

As  you  are  am  re,  Mr.  Rdison  has  boon  advertising 
for  singers  under  tho  name  of  "Crenshaw”.  Fhese  two  answers 
that  T  enclose  were  from  an  advertisement  in  "Musical  .America." 

As  you  know,  Mr.  ’Wiser  has  hat  most  of  the  people  come  out 
here,  hut  he  thinks  that  yon  hail  hotter  write  to  these  tv/o 
and  ask  them  to  come  and  make  a  test  at  tho  Recording  Rooms 
in  1,'ew  vorfe.  you  can  explain  that  Mr.  Rdiaon  is  expecting 
to  require  some  sight  rending  work  done  later,  as  to  which  he 
can  comramicato  with  the  parties  after  you  have  made  the  test 
records  of  tho  vo:*ce  trials. 

1  reeoived  the  enclosed  letter  from  you  this  morning, 
and  would  say  that.  I  invariably  tell  the  singers  to  take  their 
own  musio  with  them  when  they  go  to  see  you.  I  was  particular, 
indeed,  to  toll  Mr.  Mud dell  this,  but,  he  must  have  forgotten  it. 

Fours  very  truly. 


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Feb.  20,  1912. 

I  was  delighted  to  receive  the  other 
day  from  the  Kdieon  Works  here  a  phonograph  with  all 
its  various  equipment,  which  they  tell  me  you  ordered 
them  tosend  me.  I  hive  since  recalled. that  you  spoke 
of  the  machine  one  day  as  useful  to  a  literary  worker, 
and  at  the  some  time  promising  when  you  wen o  some  to 
send  one  to  me.  X  think  it  was  extremely  line  of  you 
to  remember  the  promise  ana  me  and  it  will  he  f 

greatest  pleasure  in  using  it  to  know  it  is  a  souvenir  of 
our  last  Summer's  journey  together.  She  machine  has 
been  too  lately  installed  to  allow  me  as  yet  to  ' be 
particularly  expert  in  talking  into  it,  but  I  want  the 
first  effort  to  be  a  letter  of  thanks  to  you,  and  I  shall 
accordingly  send  on  this  cylinder,  hoping  it  will  safely 
reach  you. 

I  am  sure  I  shall  shortly  become  a 
phonograph  enthusiast.  At  present  I  feel  a  bit  self- 
conscious  in  talking  into  it.  but  it  is  "“ft”®**?® 2° 
hear  the  sound  of  one’s  own  voice.  I  should  think  for 
an  after  dinner  speaker  or  even  a  more  ambitious 
it  would  be  excellent  in  helping  one  to  correct  ones 
qneakinp-  An  friend  who  was  in  my  room 

when  the  machine  arrived,  tried  it  and  saidit  would  help 
him  a  lot  on  the  same  line.  I  shall  probably  get  i”  the 
habit  of  using  it  for  all  kinds  of  literary  and  journalistic 
work,  and  I  think  it  will  be  particularly  helpful  in 
the  natural  sounds  of  dialogue  in  story  or 

After  I  parted  with  you  last  Summer.  I  went  to  Constantinople 
with  .  and  while  there  I  sent  several  post  cards 

to  your  family.  I  hope  they  got  them.  I  still -think  of 
ou/tilp  together  in  pleasant  remembrance  of  yow*1  ktoftno SB 
and  that  of  your  family,  especially  on  that  unlucky  day 

stpL?  s  sssz  ?wi 

s  to  zax 

frS£“  Solc'EeL  He  told  i»  touted  loet'hle  .Mt.ra  M.di 
before.  He  seems  to  remember  you  all,  and  Bpeaks  ox  you  with 
gratitude i  Poor  fellow,  he  is  at  present  without  work.  He 
hopes  now  that  Spring  is  coming  on  to  find  another  regular 



I  am  living  in  London  now,  at  least 
for  the  time  being  and  Simd  it  and  my  work  here  quite 
interesting,  but  the  weather  is  of  course  abominable. 
Perhaps  your  family  may  be  interested  to  hear  the  new 
novel  of  mine  called  "The  Leverage  of  Life"  which  has 
just  come  out  in  London  and  in  Hew  York.  I  am  now  busy 
on  another,  and  I  expect  to  use  the  phonograph  a  good  deal 
.  I  think  that  is  about  all  the  news  I  have  on 
hand,  and  knowing  too  what  a  busy  man  you  are,  I  shan't 
add  more  to  this,  letter,  and  with  my  renewed  expression  ■. 
of  appreciation  for  your  splendid  gift.  Please  remember* 
me  most  kindly  to  Mrs.  Edison  and  the  other  members  of 
your  family,  ana  believe  me  dear  Mr.  Edison, 

Your  ae voted  admirer, 

H.  A.  iJ.  Valentine.  \ 

Copy  Mr.  Dyer . 

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February  21st  1912 

Mr.  W.H.  Miller ,  Manager, 

Recording  Department, 

Thomas  A.  SdiBon  Inc. 

79-83,  Fifth  Avenue, 


Dear  Mr.  Miller, 

I  suppose  you  have  been  wondering  what,  has  happened 
to  the  Lyne  and  Harrold  negotiations  and  for  the  purpose  of 
keeping  you  advised,  would  state  that  HammerBtein  continues 
to  he  at  loggerheads  with  his  Artists  and  although  Bocchi 
has  been  behind  him  from  day  to  day,  he  has  not  been  able  to 
close  up  to  the  present  time.  About  ten  days  ago  he  insisted 
on  having  submitted  to  him  a  Contract  on  behalf  of  our  .Company 
and  the  Columbia  Company  drawn  by  a  solicitor.  We  forwarded 
our  Contracts  drawn  in  the  usual  Btyle ,  and  on  Saturday  last 
he  advised  Bocchi  that  under  no  circumstances  would  he  permit 
any  of  his  Artists  to  sign  such  an  Agreement  although  he 
would  not  indicate  wherein  the  same  was  not  satisfactory. 

About  an  hour  ago  ho  promised  to  make  such  altera¬ 
tions  as  he  wanted  in  the  Contracts  to-day  or  to-morrow  and 
to  send  them  to  us.  I  have  no  faith  in  his  promises  however, 

Mr.  W  H.  Miller  Contd.  Paso  2 

and  will  not  "bo  surprised  if  he  does  not  live  up  to  them,  or 
if  he  puts  in  clauses  which  will  he  impossible  from  our  stand¬ 
point  . 

’  This  is  being  forwarded  in  order  to  catoh  to-day's 

mail  steamer  that  you  may  know  how  the  matter  stands- 
Very  truly  yours, 

Managing  Director. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Jnc. 

Orange  ,N.  J.,U.  S.  A. 

Edison  Phonographs  and  Records 
Edison  Primary  Batteries 
Edison  Kinetoscopes  andMotion  Picture 
Edison  Business  Phonographs 

April  lBt,  1912. 

Messrs.  Berggren,  Eckert,  Deeming,  Watsel,  Henderson, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated, 
will  supply, 

{For  Amusement  Phonographs,  Dictating  Maohlnes  and  Shaving 

Buhher  Tuhing  for  Hearing  lubes 

Hard  Rubber  and  other  molded  pieoes  for  Hearing  Tubes 

Mohair  Covered  Tubes  for  Speaking  Tubes  and  Flexible 

Mouth  Pieoes  and  Ferrules  for  same. 

Oil  Cans,  Screw  Drivers,  Sapphire  Brushes,  ChipBruBhes, 

&  Horn  Connections. 

Cabinets  purchased  complete 
«  Transfers. 

4  Post  pedestal  for  Diot.  Maohlnes 
Celluloid  Memo.  Strips  for  Diet.  Machines 
Penoils  and  Pencil  Holders  "  " 

Burke  Motors  and  parts  thereof. 

Shaving  Machine  Motors,  and  partB  thereof. 

Homs  (including  Finished  and  unfinished) 

Horn  Bells,  ElbowB  &  Rings  made  outside 
"  Transfers. 

looks  for  Dictating  &  Shaving  Machines. 

Bottoms  &  Springs  for  System  Boxes. 

Paste  Board  Boxes  for  Hearing  Tubes,  Horns  etc. 



(For  KlnetoBOQpoB.  Professional  Models, ) 

M.  P.  lenses  and  Condensing  Lenses  ana  partB  thereof 
Rheostats  complete  (made  outBide)  and  parts  thereof. 

Sheet  Metal  Work  (Magazines,  Lamp  Houses,  Cones,  Heels,  Slide 
Carriers,  Switoh  Covers),  eto. ) 

Soreens  &  BoothB 


ClasB  for  Lamp  Houses 

Oxygen  Generators,  Saturators  and  supplies  and  parts  therefor 
or  used  in  oonneotion  therewith  Buoh  as  Oxone,  Ether  &  Limes 

Knife  Switches 

Transformers,  Eoonomy  Aros,  Compens-aros  ana  parts  thereof. 

(For  KiwatoHoones.  Home  Model ) 

M.  P.  lenses  to  Condensing  Lenses  and  parts  thereof. 

Rheostats  ana  parts  thereof. 

Transformers  to  "  " 

Sheet  Metal  Work  (lamp  Houses,  Carrying  Cases) 

Glasses  for  Lamp  Houb6b. 

HernBt  Lamps,  supplies  for  and  parts  thereof. 

Aoetylene  Generators,  Burners,  supplies  for  and  partB  thereof. 
Stage  Connectors. 

Attaching  Plugs, 
lamp  Sockets. 



(For  Rectifiers.) 




For  use  in  oonneotion  with  Cylindrical  Reoords  (Amherol  &  B  Min.) 


and  BlankB.  all  materials  except  those  entering  into  the  "Wax" 


For  use  in  connection  with  the  following: 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino,  will  supply  all  materials 
Master  Moulds 
Diso  EeoordB 
Primary  Batteries 
Film  (Professional  &  Home, ) 
lantern  Slides 

exoept  materials  for  parts  originating  in  Edison  Phonograph  Works, 

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d. /{&(,, .  Bolboer: 

She  following  prices  and  discount  a  have  boon 
for  Kouo  Recording  outfits: 

Outfit  complete  consisting  of  Shaving  liachme ,  i/hrec 
four-rainute  recorder : 

hist  .6.00;  dealer  S0(J — gG.GO  net;  joobor 

!  only: 

,3.50  net;  jobber  Z 

— 04.00  net. 

•l/ 3/j — (J 3.00  not. 

hist  20  cents;  dealer  14  cents;  jobbor  12  cents. 

;.a  the  recorder  which  we  will  supply  will  be  of  the  sisc  to  fit  mach- 
inos  enuioned  with  sneaker  arms  to  hold  models  "C",  "‘I1'  and  ' . J  repro¬ 
ducers'  it* will  be  necessary  to  supply  an  adapter  ring  to  cnaolc  the 
same  recorder  to  be  used  with  machines  equipped  with  speaker  arms  to 
hold  the  models  "0"  and  "IT"  reproducers.  Shis  adapter  ring  will  r1' 
supplied  as  an  extra  at  a  list  price  of  50  c 
jobber  SO  cents  net. 

s;  dealer  ! 
is  of  machines  1 
listed  at  the  : 

Tor  the  Opera,  Arnberola  and  any  other  type 
build,  with  stationary  reproducer  arms,  it  will 
a  special  recorder,  arm  and  horn,  which  will  be 
ing  prices: 

hist  01.25;  dealor  SO  cents  not;  jobber  75  cents  net. 

Outfits  comnleto,  shaving-  machinos  only  and  horns,  will  be  ^packed 
its  of  5  or  multiples  thereof.  If  ordered  packet!,  m  lots  or  losi 

Out  id 

than°5,'  a'*’ charge'  for  packing  have  to  bo  made. 

i'his  memo,  will  enable  you  and  hr.  kcCliesney  to  go  ahead  with 
such  price  list  or  catalogue  as  you  want  to  got  olit  covoring  the  homo 
P.ooording  apparatus. 

4/24/12.  0.H.Y/. 

Oopios  to  kessrs.  hdi^n:  Dyer:  UoChesnoy:  Stevens:  Hind:  Bcrggron: 
Eckert :  Brown:  Iiasrwell:  P.edfearn:  Bile . 

n:  Maxwell  :Sfoi 

Messris.  Dolbeer:  McChesney:  Goodwin:  Maxwell t^Youmans:  Hird:  Eedfearn: 
Iretron:  Brown:  Eckert:  Deeming:  Wetzel:  Stevens. 

Up  to  the  present  time  the  three  types  of  disc  machines 
coming  through  have  been  known  as  models  1,  2  and  3.  It  has  Been 
decided,  however,  to  change  these  designations  and  designate  the 
different  models  hy  the  price  of  the  machine,  and  hereafter  the  mach¬ 
ine  and  cabinet  known  as  model  1,  will  he  known  as  model  A  250,  the 
letter  indicating  the  design  of  mechanism  and  the  number  indicating 
the  style  of  cabinet  and  price  of  complete  machine  and  cabinet; 
Likewise  the  model  2,  will  be  known  as  model  A  200,  and  the  model  3, 
as  model  A  150.  This  designation  of  the  different  machines  will 
appear  in  the  blank  space  on  the  name-plate  following  the  words 
"model  number" . 

To  distinguish  the  type  of  motor  used  in  the  different 
machines,  that  is,  whether  spring  motor  or  electric,  the  letters 
"S  M"  will  be  used  to  designate  the  spring  motor  type,  and  the  letter 
"E"  to  designate  the  electric  type— these  letters  to  be  placed  in  the 
blank  space  following  serial  number  and  immediately  preceding  the 
serial  number  itself.  Example:-  A  name-plate  on  the  $250.00  mach¬ 
ine  might  read — 

"Edison  Disc  Phonograph 
Model  Mo.  A  250 

Serial  No.  S  M.  or  E,  as  the  case  might  be,  179." 

In  case  we  should  build  alternating,  direct  and  universal  electric 
machihes,  the  letter  E  will  be  followed  by  the  letter  A,  D  or  U,  as 
the  case  might  be. 

f/Zb/lZ.  C.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edij4n:  Dyer:  Weber: 

Mr.  Bliss: 

Mr.  Edison  advised  mo  yesterday  that  you  were  waiting  for 
certain  ports  from  factory  machine  shop  for  rectifiers  controllers 
and  -business  phonograph  motors  and  thatonaocountofthis^worlcon^ho 
completed  machines  was  being  delayed.  Up  to  this  time  I  have  ^ 

stood  from  you  as  well  as  others,  that  these  parts  were  oojjdng  through 
as  fast  and  quietly  as  could  be  expected  after  drawings  had  been  received 
and  finished  parts  approved  of  by  yourself  or  Mr.  Bangley;  therefore,  in 
o?der  ?o  alce^tain  the  cause  of  delay  on  such  parts  as  you°laimyouare 
waiting  for,  I  wish  you  would  send  mo  regularly  0ao^  week  until  things 
got  running  smoothly  a  list  of  such  parts  as  are  being  turned  out  by 
the  machine  shop  that  you  require  and  that  on  account  of  ^ 

furnished  are  holding  up  the  completed  product  in  the  Electrical  Dept. 

Several  months  ago  it  was  docidod  that  yon  would  fix  ovor 
tho  old  mould  making  plant  or  a  portion  thereof,  at  least,  for  work  on 
diamond  points,  hut  so  far  as  I  can  soo  no  particular  progress  has 
boon  made  in  thi3  vdixootion.  Have  you  decided  not  to  utilise  Bpaco 
in  this  building  for  that  purpose ,  and  if  so  why?  If  you  still  intend 
to  utilise  it,  I  think  the  work  should  bo  proooeded  with  immediately, 
for  if  we  aro  going  to  use  diamond  points  for  both  cylinder  and  disc 
reproducers,  wo  will  want  to  bo  in  a  position  to  turn  them  out  much 
more  rapidly  and  in  much  largor  quantities  than  wo  aro  at  present. 
Because  of  our  not  requiring  those  points  just  at  this  timo,  this  may 
seem  an  unimportant  matter,  but  it  is  not,  and  if  loft  until  too  late 
wo  will  find  ourselves  unable  to  turn  tho  points  out  fast  enough. 

Please  let  mo  hoar  from  you  concerning  this. 

5/10/12.  C.H.T7. 

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Edison's  Supreme  Effort  in  the  Recording 
and  Reproducing  of  Sound  is  Crowned  with 
Magnificent  Success. 

On  Sale  September  15th,  1912. 

It  is  not  improbable  that  the  Edison  Disc  Phonograph 
marks  the  final  limit  of  human  achievement  in  recording  and  re¬ 
producing  sound.  It  is  the  splendid  culmination  of  thirty-five 
years  of  research  and  experimentation  by  <3Ricmtta-AT  Edison,  the 
inventor  of  the  first  phonograph  and  one  of  the  world's  greatest 
authority  on  acoustics. 

Ever  since  his  original  invention  of  the  phonograph, 
Edison  -  grimly  scornful  of  others'  bombastic  claims  and  calmly 
indifferent  to  opportunities  of  commercial  exploitation  -  has 
continued,  with  characteristic  patience  and  tenacity  of  purpose^ 
to  seek  the  solution  of  those  baffling  problems  of  acoustics, 
which  have,  until  now,  stood  in  the  way  of  a  perfect  record  and 
a  perfect  reproduction  of  sound. 



At  last  it  is  possible  to  really  interpret  the  great 
masterpieces  Of  »»ic  on  the  phonograph  -  «o  reproduce  a.lio.f. 
overtones  that  have  heretofore  teen  lost  i»  »•»*  reproduction  - 
to  encompaas  the  most  Wjnffioen.  .Whoaie.  -  to  truly  portrap  the 
gift,  of  «e  greatest  vlrtoo.l  -  to  do  fall  Jn.tiee  to  the  noblest 

themes  of  the  greatest  composers. 

At  last  the  phonograph  1.  greater  than  euphony  eonoertr 
ohsmbor  music  solon-or  grand  opera  perforate ,  for  the  zti.on 
pise  Phonograph  can  create  in  the  America  home  a  more  intense 
musical  and  a  deeper  musical  culture  than  could  he 
derived  -  ehort  of  many  year.  -  fro.  attendance  upon  the  operas 
end  eonoerte  of  the  world's  great  musical  centers. 

Boot  of  the  people,  »ho  listen  to  the  operas  and 
the  symphonies,  love  ..sic  or  they  would  not  listen,  hut  f.« 
understand  or  fully  appreciate.  Id  «  «“  *“»•  *°  “a“Ie  * 
heautiful  flower;  it  is  another  to  both  admire  and  trul|co^ 
pretend  its  beauties.  On.  must  study  and  understand  classic 
music  to  feel  to  the  fullest  the  deep  appreciation  - 

serves.  fh.r.  are  two  ways  to  aog.ire  this  appr.oiating  sense,. 
by  years  of  conservatory  study  or  by  listening  to  the  »«■»* 
repetition  of  the  music.  leu  do  not  get  the  necessary  repetition 
at  the  opera  or  concert,  unless  you  are  a  faithful  attendant 


mtmy  successive  years.  But  if  you  own  an  Edison  Disc  Phonograph 
you  can,  within  a  very  brief  space  of  time,  familiarize  yourself 
with  the  works  of  the  great**  composers.  You  learn 

to  identify  and  trace  the  development  of  the  composer's  motif, 
you  learn  to  recognize  his  style,  the  effects  he  seeks  and  his  meth¬ 
ods  of  achieving  them.  You  learn  to  know  him  and  his  works,  and 
with  that  knowledge  comes  an  abiding  reverence  for  his  genius. 

Edison  Disc  Phonograph  makes  all  this  possible,  because 
truly  interprets  music  and  does  not  mar  and  distort ^by  an  in¬ 
complete  reproduction  of  the  recorded  sound  waves,  the 

introduction  of  the  distracting  mechanical  sounds  or  noises 
peculiar  to  lateral  cut  records,  f Ur.  /dison WiiyurnishWitten 
critiques/ or  lectures  by  a  well  known/us ic^L  authority  Vo  accom- 
pW  the  selections  that  require  th/comm/tar/of  a^/sical  critic. 


In  1878  -  the  year  following  his  invention  of  the  cylin¬ 
der  phonograph  Edison  designed  and  patented  a  disc  phono¬ 

graph,  but  he  has  steadfastly  refused  to  permit  an  Edison  Disc 
Phonograph  to  be  offered  to  the  public  until  he  could  accomplish 
four  things . 

First:  Successfully  impart  sweetness  and  naturalness 

of  tone  to  disc  records  and  avoid  the  tone  distortion  which  gives 
the  cold,  metallic  machine-like  effect  to  the  reproduction. 



Second:  Record  and  reproduce  the  exact  character  and 

quality  of  the  original. 

Third:  Eradicate  the  scratchy  sounds  that  have 

p.en  th.  »»l«i  ol  .0  much  criticism  “  ““  W“l°k 

inaudible  the  fine  overtone.  that  ^  Si«  tone  "“llty 
to  muBic. 

Fourth:  Do  away  with  the  constant  changing  of  needle  . 



reproducer  1»  th.  vole,  of  the  0» 
reproducer  S&  «r.  Kdl.ou  too  designed  *>r  the  Edison  is  th.  result  of  many  thousand  erperl.ent.  mad.  by  hi. 
personally  mithi.  the  post  five  years.  dust  a.  shape,  materiel 
„d  finish  eontribut.  to  the  perf.eti.n  of  a  stradlvarius  violin, 
so  do  th.  contour ,  torture  end  formation  of  the  diaphragm  of 
a  phonograph  reproducer  contribute  to  th.  ton.  o«alitle=  of  a 

phonograph.  nw 

Mr,  Edison’s  enp.rime.t.  have  resulted  in  a„volo.  for 

th.  phonographic*  bring,  out  the  finite.-  save,  that  pro¬ 
duce  th.  overtone,  of  ,ua»ty  by  mhl.h  ..  distinguish  on.  i».tr»..t 
fro»  another  -  a  voice  of  liquid  and  mellow  tone,  of  wide  range, 
and  incomparable  sweetness. 



He  has  equipped  each  reproducer  with  a  diamond  repro¬ 
ducing  point,  which  is  impervious  to  wear.  On  the  Edison 
Disc  Phonograph  there  is  no  wear  of  needles  to  distort  the 
reproduction.  There  are  no  worn-out  needles  to  he  replaced. 
The  reproduction  is  constant  and  uniform  in  its  perfection. 


The  motor  designed  by  Mr.  Edison  for  the  Edison 
Disc  Phonograph  is  many  times  more  accurate  and  costly 
than  any  heretofore  used  in  disc  machines.  A  serious 
defect  in  other  disc  machines,  particularly  after  a  period  of 
use,  has  been  that  the  motors  were  too  weak  to  properly 
control  the  pitch,  with  the  result  that  the  attempted  repro¬ 
duction  of  music  in  many  cases  fell  little  short  of  sheer  dis¬ 

long  ago  Mr.  Edison  rejected  the  so-called  lateral 
cut  method  of  recording  sound  because  the  sound  waves  thus 
recorded  would  -  for  perfect  reproduction  -  require  con¬ 
ditions  that  are  scientifically  and  mechanically  impossible. 
Therefore,  the  record  for  the  Edison  Disc  Phonograph  em¬ 
ploys  the  up  and  down  method  of  recording.  A  preponderance  of 
other  disc  records  continue  to  be  made  by  the  lateral  cut  method, 



•because  of  the  greater  ease  of  manufacture.  If,  through  a 
microscope,  you  will  observe  the  track  made  by  a  reproducing 
needle  on  a  "lateral  cut"  record,  you  will  need  no  further 
explanation  of  Mr.  Edison's  rejection  of  that  method  of  re¬ 

The  Edison  Disc  Record  is  capable  of  recording  50$ 
more  music  than  other  records  of  the  same  size,  thus  making 
it  possible  to  record  many  beautiful  symphony  movements  and 
operatic  selections -that  have  never  been  reproduced  on  the 

The  material  used  in  this  record  is  the  result 
of  an  almost  unbelievable  number  of  experiments,  for 
Mr.  Edison  realized  that  the  record  substance  was  a  matter  of 
immense  importance.  At  last  he  found  the  right  material. 

It  is  a  chemical  compound  of  exceeding  density  and  extreme 
hardness.  It  i3  several  times  harder  than  the  material  used 
in  any  other  disc  record,  but  as^ttw  result  of  Mr.  Edison's 
exhaustive  experiments,  the  "scratch"  peculiar  to  other  disc 
records  has  "been  eliminated. 

Owing  to  the  unusual  character  of  this  material 
every  record  indentation  -  no  matter  how  minute  -  will  retain 
its  original  form  and  will  not  become  effaced  or  distorted 
by  use.  Many  of  the  eccentric  and  discordant  sounds  that 
’proceed  from  other  disc  records  arc  due  to  the  wear  or 
obliteration  of  the  sound  wave  indentations. 



One  of  the  reasons  why  other  talking  machines  or 
phonographs  do  not  give  a  real  interpretation  of  music  is, 
that, in  addition  to  their  inability  to  record  and  reproduce 
the  fundamental  tones  without  distortion,  they  are  incapable 
of  reproducing  more  than  one  or  two  of  the  tone  colors  or 
overtones.  Nor  do  they  usually  give  more  than  a  faint 
and  intermittent  suggestion  of  the  one  or  two  overtones 
which  they  are  supposed  to  reproduce.  And  furthermore, 
thesey being  so  weakly^roduced, are  in  many  oases  rendered 
inaudible  by  the  scratchy  sounds  common  to  reoords' 

The  special  material  used  in  the  Edison  Disc  B^ograph,  com¬ 
bined  with  the  Edison  method  of  recording  and  reproducing, 
gives  a  complete  and  perfect  reproduction  of  the  overtones  of 
voice  and  instrument,  without  which  the  tone  quality  of  the 
original  cannot  be  duplicated.  There  is  as  great  a  difference 
between  the  two  kinds  of  reproduction  as  tbr  *»  between  a 
silhouette  and  a  perfectly  photographed  and  perfectly  developed 
portrait  -  more  difference  in  fact,  for  the  tone  color  is 
faithfully  portrayed  by  an  Edison  record  while  adequate 
color  reproduction  is  as  yet  laoking  in  photography. 

It  is  worthy  of  comment  that  the  Edison  Phonograph 
opens  up  entirely  now  fields  of  music  to  the  phonograph  -  . 
among  others,  that  of  Chamber  Music,  which  heretofore  ould 
not  be  successfully  reproduced  on  disc  records  but  is 
beautifully  interpreted  by  the  Edison  Disc  Records. 



To  malco  tho  phonograph  a  real  interpreter  of  music 
there  were  many  acoustical  problems  to  be  solved.  While 
others ,  busy  with  the  commercial  exploitation  of  their 
instruments,  ignored  these  problems,  Mr.  Edison  worked 
eighteen  hours  a  day  to  find  a  solution  of  them.  He  has 
succeeded.  He  has  found  that  many  accepted  acoustical 
theories  are  false.  He  has  discovered  new  principles  of 
acoustics.  He  has  revolutionized  the  methods  of  phono¬ 
graph  recording  in  his  own  recording  laboratory.  All 
of  his  new  discoveries  are  being  embodied  in  the  making  of 
all  records  for  all  Edison  Phonographs.  Ho  other  phono¬ 
graph  records  embody  these  discoveries. 


laboratory  standards.  Richly  finished  cabinets. 
Numerous  refinements  of  construction,  such  as  the  jointless 
sound  amplifier  and  the  automatic  stop  which  causes  the  in¬ 
strument  to  cease  playing  when  a  record  is  finished.  No 
necessity  for  and  accordingly  no  unsightly  doors. 


This  is  an  advertisement.  Most  advertisements  are 
laudatory.  This  one  is  no  exception.  We  have  tried  to 
impress  upon  you  how  wonderful  a  musical  instrument  this 


new  Edison  invention  is,  Hut  no  words,  however  extravagant  in 
their  praise,  couia  ao  full  justice  to  the  marvelous  tone 
qualities  of  Edison's  masterpiece. 

Therefore,  we  ask  you  to  compare  it  with  other 
souna  reproaucing  instruments.  We  ask  you  to  listen  to  any 
song  on  any  other  aisc  phonograph  ana  then  hear  it  on  the 
Edison  Disc  Phonograph.  When  you  have  aone  so,  we  think  you 
will  agree  with  us  that  descriptive  words  fall  far  short  of 
doing  justice  to  this  magnificent  creation  of  Edison's  genius, 
patience  and  devotion  to  an  ideal. 

Three  Models:  $250,  §200  and  §150  respectively. 

Mr.  Wetzel: 

The  laboratory  will  send  down  to  Mr.  Sohall  this  afternoon 
six  raotal  oabinots  for  small  diso  machine.  These  oabinets  are  to  be 
finished  up  as  follows: 

1  mahogany  piano  finish 
1  "  dull  " 

1  goldon  oak  polished  finish 
1  •'  "  dull  " 

1  weathered  oak 
1  white  enamel. 

laboratory  will  send  Mr.  Wetzel  shop  order  to  cover  this  work.  These 
oabinets  are  to  be  finished  up  at  the  earliest  possible  moment  and 
sent  back  to  the  laboratory. 

S/28/12.  .  C.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  EdisSon:  Weber:  Sohall. 

THOM,  l>.  T).  f 

Mr,  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  E.  J. 

My  Bear  Sir:—  ^  ,•  j 

X  am  an  orthodontic  specialist  and  my  work  dealsl'\jijth 
transformations  of  tho  oral  cavity  and  contignous  parts,  and  in  £ 
number  of  cases  treated  I  have  noticed  a  change  in  enunciation,  which 
I  believe  was  brought  about  by  a  greater  command  of  the  tongue,  lips, 
etc.  By  the  assistance  of  your  agents  here  I  have  made  a  few  phono¬ 
graphic  records,  but  which  do  not  meet  with  my  entire  satisfaction 
for  lack  of  a  clear  and  distinct  reproduction.  I  would  liko  to  have 
your  assistance  and  any  advice  from  you  will  be  highly  appreciated. 

It  seems  to  mo  that  some  means  of  intensifying  the  sounds  so  as  to 
bring  out  their  every  variation  wouia  be  of  assistance. 

Wish  you  would  keep  this  in  strict  confidence  as  it  will  take 
sometime  for  me  to  obtain  the  desired  results,  the  which  I  would  be 
very  pleased  to  send  you. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  any  consideration  you  may  give  this 
letter,  I  am 

Yours  most  respectfully 

Ems.  206-7  Hagel stein  Bldg. 


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pi/ The  Hat  below  shows  the  total  iteoorfls  of  various  olaeae^  ana  kinds 
taken  from  a  now  complete  aataloguo  leaned  by  the  Viotor  Talking' Haohine 
Company  under  date  of  May  1912: 




Purple  Label 

Bed  Seal 





Purple  Label 
Hod  Seal 


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I  am  Bonding  you.  herewith  sample  drawer  for  diso  rooordo 
showing  how  partitions  should  ho  arrangod  to  aooonmodato  tho  reoords — 
this  sample  having  boen  gotten  up  by  "cr.  KdiBon  and  approved  of  by  tho 
difforont  people  interested. 

As  tho  record  drawers  are  wider  than  absolutoly  necessary 
for  oither  tho  ton  or  twelve  inch  rooords,  it  seoma  to  me  tho  oasiest 
way  to  arrange  for  these  partitions  would  bo  to  have  strips  of  wood 
gang  sawed  and  faotoned  in  on  both  oidos  instead  of  attempting  to  Blot 
out  tho  drawers  themcelvos*  Shis,  of  course,  refers  to  only  such 
drawers  as  are  alroady  assembled.  On  new  drawors  boing  built  the 
sides  should,  of  courso,  be  properly  slotted  before  being  assembled. 


Messrs.  Aiken:  McChesney:  Hird: 

Referring  to  the  method  of  numbering  double  face  disc 
records,  it  has  been  decided  that  instead  of  using  in  connection  with 
the  number  the  letters  "A"  and  »B"  to  designate  the  two  different 
selections  that  we  will  simply  tse  the  nurabor,  leaving  the  letter  off— 
for  example,  if  the  selections  "Evening  Star"  and "II  Travatoro"  were 
to  go  on  one  double  face  record  and  the  number  given  for  the  record 
was  to  be  8066,  this  single  number  is  to  appear  on  the  edge  of  the 
record  and  on  each  label  on  the  2  faces  of  the  record  instead  of 
0056 -A  to  indicate  "Evening  Star"  and  8066-B  to  indicate  "II  Cravat ore." 
This  single  number  without  letters  is  also  to  bo  followed  out  in  our 
catalogues  and  on  record  boxes. 

6/8/12.  .  C.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  Goodwin:  Dolbeer:  Ireton:  Stevens:  Wurth. 


I  herewith  take  liberty  to  call  your  attention  to  an. 
important  invention  which  might  prove  to  he  o f  interest  to  your 
esteemed  concern. 


iic  which  is  a  farrS^hing  improvement 
over  the  composition  disc  now  An  use.1 

Everybody  who  had  chance  to  hear"  our  GLASS  GRAMOPHONE  DISCS  play^s 
surprised  about  the  beautiful  pure  soft  noiseless  sounds  produced, 
this  invention  is  patented  in  almost  every  country  and  we  are  prepared 
to  negotiate  with  regard  to  selling  patent  and  manufaoturingrights  for 
the  United  States  and  Colonies,  or  if  desired  patent  and  manufaoturing¬ 
rights  for  all  countries  to  one  concern. 

Ve  do  not  send  out  our  sample  discs  for  trial  purposes,  but  are  pre¬ 
pared  for  personal  interview  either  here  or  eventually  in  America  if 
desired,  the  latter  of  oourse  on  your  aooount.  If  you  have  a  representa¬ 
tive  in  Europe  lot  bin  cone,  to  hear  our  GLASS  DISCS  play. 

At  Mr. EDISON'S  last  stay  in  PRAGUE,  BOHEMIA  the  inventor  of  the 
OLASS  DISCS  had  chance  to  see  Mr. EDISON  and-as  the  tine  was  a  too 
limited  one-  was  advised  to  send  in  directly  description  and  proposition. 





PRAG,  den . 191 . 

Enclosed  please  find  description  and  I  shall  be  plsaosd  to  give 
lull  infornation  if  dsairsd  about  all  points  in  question, 
ths  great  interest  shown  from  everywhere  Bakes  quick  action  a 
necessity  in  case  you  care  to  take  this  Batter  up. 


Hoping  to  be  favored  with  an  early  reply 


very  truly  yours. 


t  taxkihg  discs  gJ_GXAgSj.  \ W 

The  technical  po.eibility  ef  MM»»  «sra  °r  0USS 

1.  to.d.y  a  fact  by  ezp.rl.ent.,  of  far-reaching  Inpoct.noe,  for: 

1,  the  *».  di.ce  een  he  -ufacteced  cheaper  than  eh.llac  di.ce, 

ehellac  co.t.  e„  an  average  f~-  "  ”*  “  S1*”’  °' 

manufacturing  a  fd  »  gl...  died  amount.  te  Id  pfennig,  or  leeel. 

2)  The  glaee  di.ce  are  harder  and  therefor,  nor.  ear.-*.  — .  — 

diace  need  heretofore,  the  pin  cannot  do  any  dae.g.  t.  the  gl»e  ■"»* 
groove.,  it  ~n  even  he  rightly  claimed  that  the  latter  are  iud.e.ructihl. 
a.  to  frequent  pur.  reproduction  of  the  eounde.  "«  gl... 

diec.  nith  ep.oi.lly  large  and  heavy  ..end  ho*..,  a.  for  metanc  »»."* 
air  sound  hexes,  likewise  does  not  do  them  any  ham. 

3,  The  etruotur.  ef  the  gl...  1.  hcnogen.u.  hy  nature. 

i,  enooth  end  hard  the  glue,  die.,  provided  that  the  po.itlon.touard.  the 
horizontal  plan.  1.  about  15  degree.,  r.prrduce.  the  eounde  clearly  with, 
out  any  noise  accompanying. 

4)  Ih.  glaee,  being  hard,  ho.og.nou.  and  enooth,  cannot  he  affected  by  the 
pin,  and  it  he.  even  teen  eh.un  that  the  petty  blunting  of  the  pin  ..need 
hy  the  Playing  ha.  a  favorable  influence  on  the  ..production  of  the  diec, 
a.  only  in  thl.  oae.  the  ete.l  pin  perfectly  pr.-e  ■"»  “ 
groove.,  *t  lea..  50*  of  the  pine,  therefore,  can  be  e.ved,  ultmut 

a  durable  than  the  sound 


having  to  he  afraid  quality  of  the  disc  suffers  thereby. 

5)  The  shellac  discs  break  very  easily,  whereas  the  glass  discs  are 
durable . 

6)  The  glass  discs  are  not  influenced  by  any  change  in  the  teiqperature , 
which  cannot  be  said  of  the  ordinary  discs,  and  they  are  excellently 
suitable  for  the  EXPORT  into  TROPICAL  ACT  OTHER  CLIMATES . 

,)  The  glass  discs  may  be  fancily  designed  in  different  colbrs  and,  on 
account  of  Seeing  of  course  transparent  and  cheaper  and  more  durable 
than  shellac  discs,  they  may  very  conveniently  be  used  for  advertising 
purposes . 

American  Import 
Hugo  Altschul,  Engineer, 

Kohlmarkt  1, 




Die  techni3che  Mogliclikeit 

K55S!SlJSf5.S!!  iHI.SErSSS'iifSfoioSoSSS^BeiSStSSgt^iSSn1?11 

Die  Glagplatton  konnen  billiger  hergeatollt  werelen,  als  Schel- 
lackplatten,  denn  Sehellack  koatet  durchschnittlicli  4  nal  so 
viel  ala  Glas.  /  Erzeugungspreis  einer  25cm  Glasplatte  betr&gt 
hochsten3  15  Pfennig./ 

Die  Glasplatten  3ind  harter  unci  de3wegen  dauerhuftcr  al3  die  bis- 
herigen  SchalXplatten.  Den  Glas-Schalifurchen  kann  die  Uadel  kei- 
nen  Schaden  zufugen,  Ja  man  kann  mit  Recht  behaupten,  dasa  sie 
im  Bezug  auf  vielfaehe,  reine  Wiedergabe  del’  lone  unvorwiistlich 
sind.  Auch  das  Abopielen  der  Glasplatten  mit  beoonder3  grosses 
und  schweren  Sohalldosen,  wie  Pressluftachalldosen,  scliadet  ihnen 
nioht  im  geringsten. 

Die  Struotur  des  Glases  ist  von  Hatur  aus  homogen.  Weil  das  Glas 
dazu  glatt  und  hart  ist,  reprodueiert  die  Glasplatte,  nattirlich 
bei  einer  Stellung  der  Nadel  von  ca  15  Grad  gegen  die  Horizontal- 
Ebene,  die  Tone  rein  ohne  Mebengerausch. 

Da  das  Glas  hart,  homogen  und  glatt  ist,  kann  en  von  der  Uadel 
nicht  angegriffen  werden  und  es  hat  sich  sogar  gezeigt,  dass  die 
kleine,  durch  das  Spielen  hervorgerufene  Abstunpfung  der  Uadel 
die  Wiedergabe  der  Platte  gUnstig  beeinflunst,  da  sich  der  Stahl- 
stift  erst  dunn  vollkommen  den  Schallrillen  anschmiegt.  Man  kann 
darum  mindestens  50%  der  Nadeln  ersparen,  ohne  befiirchten  zu  niis- 
sen,  dass  die  Qualitiit  der  Platte  liierdurch  abniarat. 

Die  Sohellackplatten  brechen  sohr  leicht,  wogegen  die  GlaBplatten 
dauerhaft  sind. 

Dio  Glasplatten  vertragen  ohne  Schaden,  im  Gegensatzo  zu  den  ge- 
wohnlichen  Flatten.  jede  Tempera tureinflusse  und  eignon  sich 
vorziiglich  zum  BXP6RT  fur  TROPISCHE  und  AMPERE  hl.XMATE. 

Die  Glasplatten  lassen  sich  geschmackvoll  in  verschieclenen  Far- 
bennuancon  dprclifuhron  und  kbnnen,  weil  sie  natilrlich  auch  durch— 
sichtig,  billiger  und  dauerliafter  sind  ala  Schellackplatten,  aus- 
serordentlich  leicht  fur  Reclaraezwecke  verwendet  werclen. 



PRdQ,  ivOUu'VlRKf  1. 

(i  cyiy' 

TELEGHAM 6/26/1  2  —PAID. 

to.  Nelson  C.  Durand, 
Seoond  Vioe  President, 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 
O/o  Hotel  Fro ntonao, 
Quabeo,  Qua.,  Canada. 

Merit  wins  again. 
Conservative  Equitable  life 
Assurance  Sooioty  Just  ordored 
twenty  five  Edison  Machines. 


Copy  for  Mr.  Bdieon. 

M».  jjaswoiu  ima-w*  a**"®”  ITet0,,: 

Bergeron:  Radfoorn:  Philips. 


_ _ - 




a  275  shmaarton  inlaid  plain - - 

a  290  rt  "  narquotry 





A  275  louis  15, 

ranliocrnny  oabinot 






A  425  "  15 » 




A  450  "  1.6 . 

Ciroaas.Wal.  " 





Copies  to  Hoaars.  Edison: 


612  S-2  Still  wie  die  Haotrt 

\  B69  Darling  Hellie  Grey 

,  830  3-1  Stabat  llator 

1035  S-l  llanaa'o  in  the 

Hot.  Quart. 
Kimball  &  Chorus 
Uet.  Quart 

Cold,  Cold  Ground 

7 Ht-oeic-  f  ’-' 

*)  ,  i.  ^  /  S' 

Hi no  Ethel  Danoy 
Uiiio  Emilio.  Coroi. 
hr .  Charlon  Rof f . 

Hi r.ti  Hilda  Crp.£f?~Jumen . 
Hi  or.  Ethel  Hillitu® 
Mine  Mary  'fliiliUKO 
Hr.  Berwick  Cawley 
Carlo  Albani. 





Contralto . 






Hone  in  the  Bud  &  Soalo,  2 
0  Patria  Mia  &  Scale.  3 

Drake  goon  &  Soule.  2 
Roue  in  the  Bud  &  Scale.  2 
Denrcot  Heart.  &  Scale.  2 

The  Rod  ary  &  Soule.  2 

#5204  Metropolitan  Tower, 

,  July  11,  1912  (- 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Labor  at  ori  es , 

Orgnge,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Having  been  informed  hy  a  friend  of  mine 
that  the  Edison  Phonograph  Co.  expects  to  manufacture 
so  called  disc  records  or  flat  records,  the  thought 
has  occurred  to  me  that  if  this  he  true ,  that  a 
corrugated  record  would  give  opportunity  to  the  singer 
or  performer  of  giving  a  much  longer  selection  hy 
reason  of  the  increased  amount  of  surface  travelled 
hy  the  needle. 

If  it  would  he  possible  to  manufacture  a 
record  of  this  kind,  I  would  he  very  glad  to  hear  from 
you.  and  if  you  wish  it,  call  and  see  you  and  give 
you  a  few  more  details  in  relation  to  this  idea  of  mine. 

p.S.  The  enclosed  rough  drawing  will  give 
another  detail  of  my  idea. 

IsBue  manufacturing  orders  immediately  for  the  following. 


25  model  300  Circassian  Walnut --mnnfaoture^t  he  ae  ^er^mthe 
60  11  460  Louis  16th  Circassian  Walnut 

60  "  426  "  16th  Circassian  Walnut 

B0  "  376  "  "  Mahogany 

BO  "  290  Sheraton  marquetry  inlaid 

60  "  276  "  Plain 

20  000  A-60  inoohanisms  oomplote  including  roproduoors  ^ 

2^000  A-60  metal  oabinets — finishes  to  he  decided  latei 

6' 000  Cylinder  diamond  A  reproducers )f or  maohines  to  ho  ordered 
Bojooo  "  "  B  "  ) later  and  for  extras. 


21600  Gem  reproducer  arms 
2:600  Pireside  reproducer  arms 
10,000  Standard  reproducer  arms. 

Work  on  all  of  this  apparatus  should  he  started  immediately 
and  rushed  all  possible  with  the  view  of  having  it  all  completed 
by  October  1st. 


Copies  to  Messrs.  Edis/on: 


Dyer:  Dolbeer:  Weber:  Wetzel. 


August,  I,  1912. 

Weieman,  Mr.  -  and  Friend. 
Brancone,  Job.  -  Carueo  Phono. 
Hansen,  H.  -  Metuchen,  M.  J. 
Martinsen,  Mr.  - 

Co.,  Hew  York. 


(  Sent  *by  Blackman* 


Angevine,  A.  J.  -  South  Horwalk,  Donn. 
Krelechman,  H.  C.  -  Philadelphia,  Pa. 
Maine,  J.  - 
Menzell,  S.  S. 


(See  Mr.  Philips  about  them. 


August  2,  1912. 

Ramus,  Dr.  Carl,  -  U.  S.  Health  &  Marine  Hospital  Service. 
Glover,  Mr.  -  Plainfield,  H.  J. 

Thompson,  W.  B.  -  Thomson  Music  Co.,  Port  Richmond,  S.  I. 
Rantl,  Mr.  -  of  I.  Chavalier,  Brooklyn,  N.  Y. 

Fisher,  Mr.  -  and  Friend,  Harrison  Moore  Co.,  Woonsocket,  R.  I 
Zahrlskie,  H.  B.  -  Ridgewood,  N.  J. 

Allen,  E.  C.  -  Multiphone  Operating  Co.,  Philadelphia,  Pa. 

•«  s-  ■  si2 

Mr.  Hird: 

Issue  manuf aotur ing  order  for  5,000  Amborola  V  oonoealod 
liorn  cylinder  maohinos  to  bo  listed  at  about  575.00,  and  10,000 
Amborola  VI  oonoealod  horn  cylinder  machines  to  bo  listed  at  about 
$50.00.  Worfc  on  these  should  be  pushed  with  a  view  of  having  them 
ready  for  shipment  with  other  now  goods  about  Oot.  1st,  and  100 
of  eaoh  should  be  put  through  at  the  earliest,  possible  moment  to 
be  used  as  samples  to  send  to  jobbers. 

8/2/12.  C.H.T7. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Dyer:  Edison:  ffobor:  Wetzel:  holbeer:  Goodwin. 

August  16,  1912. 

Mr.  Dyer:- 

In  looking  up  the  correspondence  regarding  the  trade  mark 
OPERA,  I  find  that  we  first  called  the  matter  to  the  attention  of  the 
U.  S.  Phonograph  Co.  on  February  28,  1912  notifying  them  of  our  UBe  of 
the  mark  and  requesting  that  they  consider  the  advisability  of  making 
a  change.  They  referred  the  matter  to  Mr.  Fay  and  on  March  5th  Mr.  Fay 
wrote  asking  whether  we  had  registered  the  word  and  whether  our  use  had 
been  exclusive.  We  replied  on  March  8th  that  the  word  had  been  adopted 
as  a  trade  mark  on  September  7,  1911  and  in  use  since  November  24,  1911, 
that  such  use  had  been  exclusive  and  that  an  application  for  registra¬ 
tion  had  been  filed.  Mr.  Fay  replied  on  March  30th  to  the  effect  that 
his  investigation  indicated  that  the  U.  S.  Company  had  a  prior  right 
to  use  the  word  and  recommending  to  our  consideration  that  our  Company 
should  drop  the  use  of  the  trade  mark.  We  replied  on  April  4th  asking 
for  further  information  as  to  their  prior  use  of  the  word  and  he  replied 
on  April  12th  that  he  was  not  prepared  to  state  what  waB  the  earliest 
use,  but  that  it  had  been  extensively  used  prior  to  the  dates  set  up 
in  our  letter  of  March  8th  and  that  he  understands  the  mark  has  been 
used  practically  since  the  organization  of  the  U.'S.  Company,  also 
advising  that  an  application  for  registration  had  been  filed  .  This  is 
all  of  the  correspondence. 

The  interference  was  declared  on  June  4th  and  the  testimony 
of  the  U.  S.  Company  is  to  be  closed  by  September  4,  1912,  they  having 
informally  advised  us  that  they  had  expe'cted  to  proceed  during  the  week 
beginning  August  26th.  — 


We  have  uBed  the  trademark  continuously  since 

November,  1911,  and  they  claim  to  have  used  it  since  some 
time  in  1909. 

From  about  1901  to  1907  we  used  the  ,.ord  "Opera" 
as  a  code  word  for  a  particular  type  of  phonograph,  and  in 
our  catalogues  this  machine  was  referred  to  as  the  "Onera" 

It  is  questionable,  however,  whether  our  use  of  the 
name  could  be  considered  a  trademark  use,  and  it  is  also 
probable  that  we  abandoned  the  name  by  discontinuing  this 
particular  machine  from  our  catalogues. 

It  seems  very  probable  to  me  that  on  the  merits 
the  United  States  Co.  are  ahead  of  us  and  that  if  the  inter¬ 
ference  is  contested  they  will  prevail.  Under  these  cir¬ 
cumstances  it  seems  to  me  that  the  best  thing  to  do  is  to 
change  the  name  of  the  machine,  which  can  be  done  in  the 
next  edition  of  our  catalogues,  instead  of  going  to  a  lot 
of  expense  in  making  a  contest  on  an  unimportant  issue. 

Would  you  have  any  objection  to  changing  the  name 
to  "Concert"?  I  make  this  suggestion  because  we  already 
have  registered  this  word  as  a  trademark  for  phonographB, 

Mr.  Edif 

and  the  oia  Concert  machinos  have  been  so  long  off  the  market 
that  I  do  not  think  there  would  he  any  confusion  in  the 
minds  of  the  trade.  Furthermore.  "Opera"  and  "Concert" 
are  quite  similar  words. 



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Messrs.  Wetzel:  Hird:  Itabino:  Sohall:  May:  Ellis:  Morris:  Brooks: 


We  dosiro  the  following  phonographs  for  ezhobition 
purposes  at  the  Boston  Electrical  Show,  and  shipment  of  nano 
must  bo  made  from  hore  not  later  than  September  20th.  Please 
go  over  this  list  very  oarofully  end  report  to  mo  tho  date  on 
which  you  con  completo  your  part  of  tho  viotls.  noco3sary  for  tho  go 
machines*  I  must  have  this  information  within  the  nosefc  throe 


3  A-60 

)  1  White  Enomol 
)  1  Mahogany 
)  1  Golden  Oak 

3  A-75 

)  1  Mahogany 
)  1  Weathorod  Oak 
)  1  Golden  Oak 

3  A-100 

)  1  Mahogany 
)  1  Woathored  Oak 
)  1  Golden  Oak 

3  A-150 

)  1  Mahogany 
)  1  Fumed  Oak 
)  1  Golden  Oak 

2  A-200 

)  1  Mahogany 
)  1  Golden  Oak 

1  A-260 

1  A-300 

1  A-275 

1  A-290 

1  A-376 

1  A-425 

1  A-450 

Mahogany  j 

Circassian  Walnut 

Sheraton  -  plain 

Sheraton  -  marquetry 


OiroasBian  Walnut 

Circassian  Walnut 


2  Amborolas  1  )1  Mahogany  piano 

)1  Goldon  Oak 

2  Jhpborolas  111  |  1  mhogany,piano 

2  Amborolas  V  )  1  Mahogany  piano  i 

)  1  Goldon  Oak 

2  Amborolas  71  )  1  Mahogany  piano  j 

)  1  Goldon  oak 

2  Concert  (Opera)  1  Mahogany  piano 
‘  )  1  Goldon  Oak 

2  School  outfits  j 

8/27/l2y  . 



August  29,  1912. 

Messrs.  Weber,  Wetzel-  Philips-  Ireton-  Youmans-  Teeming-  Dolbeer- 
■  MoChesney-  Stevens-  Goodwin-  Maxwell-  Hird-  Berggren- 
Eokert-  Brown*  Redfearn: 

Please  note  it  has  Been  decided  to  put  out  two  additional 
types  of  Concealed  Horn  Cylinder  Phonographs  of  designed  submitted 
by  Mr.  Weber  and  approved  of  by  Mr.  Edison. 

They  will  be  known  as  "Amberola  V",  listing  at  §80,  and 
"Amberola  VI",  listing  at  §60. 

These  are  the  two  machines  for  which  manufacturing  orders 
have  already  been  issued  for  6,000  and  10,000  respectively,  and 
every  effort  must  be  made  to  get  some  of  them  out  for  shipment  by 
October  1st. 

It  has  also  been  deoided  to  manufacture  a  Model  A80 
Diso  Phonograph,  which  will  consist  of  the  same  motor  as  in  the 
A60  and  the  cabinet  which  has  been  designed  by  Mr.  Rubino  and  ap¬ 
proved  of  by  Mr.  Edison.  Manufacturing  order  will  be  issued  for 
6,000  of  these  machines—  3500  to  be  in  Mahogany  cabinets  and  1600 
in  Oak. 

It  has  also  been  deeided  to  manufacture  a  Model  A100 
Disc  maohine,  which  will  consist  of  the  same  meohanism  as  in  the 
A60  and  a  self-supporting  oabinet  designed  by  Mr.  Rubino  and 
approved  of  by  Mr.  Edison.  As  this  maohine  will  perhaps  affeot 
the  sale  of  our  Model  A160  Diso,  and  considering  that  we  have  5,000 
of  them  coming  through,  it  has  been  considered  advisable  not  to 
announce  this  maohine  with  the  others  but  to  hold  it  baok  until  the 
larger  portion  of  the  A160  have  been  disposed  of  and  we  have  ac¬ 
cumulated  a  sufficient  stook  of  the  A100  to  meet  first  orders. 
Manufacturing  orders  will  be  issued  for  5,000  of  these  machines— 
2,000  to  be  in  Mahogany  and  1,000  in  Oak  oabinetB.  All  material 
should  be  ordered  and  work  pushed  ahead  as  rapidly  as  possible, 
without  interfering,  however,  with  the  other  types  of  machines 
which  are  to  be  gotten  out  ahead  of  this  one. 

If  this  memorandum  is  not  thoroughly  understood  by  all, 
please  see  me. 


(Copies  to 


0.  H.  Wilson. 

and  Mr.  Byer) 

August  29,  1912. 

Issue  manufacturing  orders  for  6,000  Mo&el^SO  DIbo 

Mahogany  oahinete  and  1600  in  Oak* 

Also  Issue  manufacturing  order  for  6,000  Model  £100 

DIbo  nJSSZ »  p.r  =«1«  'S^SSoflD 

Mr.  Weber  and  Serial  for  these  should 

Mahogany  oahinets  and  ^oSLishould  progress  as 

—  - 

Dote  that  the  meohanisra  for  filling  the  Mode!  £®°  .  _ 

Ml  Hotel  A100  Dloo  ^I’ao  ttSro  Jie 

SfSVSoK™  S'AoS'orS  “^o..  e.000  .Loll 

he  taken  therefrom. 


(Copies  to  Messrs. 

C.  H.  Wilson, 
i.  Edison-  Dyer-  Weber-  Wetsel) 

Ur.  Victor: 

If  you  are  following  copies  of  tlie  weokly  Idsc 
Phonograph  report  and  schedules  sent  you  toy  I3f«  Hird,  you  will 
toave  seen  that  for  the  total  number  of  machines  estimated  as 
reaudrod  to  fill  first  orders,  the  model  A  250's  are  practically 
finished  with  tho  exception  of  testing  and  some  of  them  have  been 
tested  and  are  packed,  also  that  for  the  model  A  200  s  and  A  150  S, 
work  seems  to  toe  progressing  favorably,  and  if  Schall  and  tho 
Testing  Dept,  can  finish  the  cabinets  and  test  the  maoninos  as 
fast  as  they  are  receivod  toy  thorn,  wo  should  toe  able  to  hare 
onoutfli  of  tkeso  types  ready  to  taio  care  of  first  orders.  On 
the  A  60  however,  the  work  seems  to  he  pr ogres singpathor  slowly 
and  as  far  as  X  ean  ascertain  no  promises  what  over  can  ho  given 
hv  any  of  tho  various  departments  as  to  whonthoy  wall  nave  their 
particular  parts  ready;  in  other  words,  Otto  Weber  has  not  got 
tho  tools  all  finishod  yet  nor  ean  he  promise  when  he  will  hare. 
For  the  horns  he  has  not  yet  commenced  the  tools.  For  the 
meohanisms  no  promises  can  ho  obtained  as  to  when  t hoy  will  bo 
ready-some  parts  have  come  through  tout  others  are  not  yet  in 
sight.  For  tho  cabinets  the  tools  are  not  all  yet  completed 
and  no  dato  oan  too  arrived  at  as  to  when  they  will  be  roady,  tho 
oahinets  assembled  and  Schall' s  work  on  them  oomplotca.  For  the 
reproducers  we  seem  to  he  all  right,  although  up  to  the  time 
Ur,  Hird  notified  some  of  tho  departments  this  morning,  they 
were  not  even  aware  that  they  wore  to  he  nickeled  instead  of 
oxidized  and  as  a  result  were  going  right  ahead  and  oxidizing 
more  than  we  required  for  the  model  A  150  typo# 

It  seems  to  he  you  Bhould  givo  your  particular  attention  to  the 
model  A  60  Machine  all  tho  way  through  to  see  if  something  oannot 
too  done  to  hasten  its  completion. 

In  addition  to  tho  disc  machines  above  mentioned  I  am  as  yet 
unable  to  obtain  any  satisfactory  information  concerning  tho 
Amtoerola  5th  and  6th  cylinder  machines,  of  which  wo  vail  have 
to  have  suite  large  quantities  to  fill  initial  orders.  Won  t 
you  please  look  into  theso  machines  also. 

I  am  aware  that  no  disc  records  aro  yet  roady  and/  you  may  use 
this  for  an  excuse  for  not  pushing  the  machines,  hut  I  don  t 
think  you  should  do  so.  Lot  us  got  tho  maohinos  roady  and^thon 
extraordinary  efforts  can  he  put  c 
says  they  aro  all  right. 

i  the  records  when  Ur.  Edison 



I  attach  hereto  copy  of  memo.  X  am  sending 
to  Mr.  Bliss,  relative  to  D.  C.  and  A.  C.  motors  for  the  Highamophone . 
It  is  guite  important  that  we  know  immediately  what  motors  are  to  he 
used  so  that  no  delay  will  take  place  in  completing  the  25  machines, 
the  meohanical  parts  of  which  «Bi'he>  completed  within  the  nest  month. 

Mr.  Bliss: 

Will  you  kindly  advise  mo  whoro  the  B.C.  motor  now  in  uso 
on  tho  Highomophono  was  purchasoa  and  if  was  aeoidod  to  ho  the  stan¬ 
dard  to  ho  used  on  additional  Highamophonos  oporatod  hy  D.O.,  also 
if  any  docision  has  over  Boon  arrivod  at  as  to  what  A.O.  motors  would 
ho  used  for  those  machines  and  from  whom  they  can  ho  purchased. 

An  early  reply  will  oblige. 



u  ft  'Thu.  tctuuniJ 

Mr,  C.  H.  Wilson:  ’ 

In  reference  to  your  neraorundum  of  the  4th 
Machines1  ^rwell^s  th^Lberoll  v" and’ VI ’cylinder  maorfines, 

SSfS  Jal ^your  etat-nt  i»  ref rd  to  the  go mg** 

ass's'ssh-  £s  °<  *>** 

Screw  Machine  parts  are  eolnG  through. 

A  ♦  ronmduoarfl  the  forwaan  o£  the  Kicks!  Plating  Dept. 

Si^ssrs  £1a«*.3aS' “■•*' ■»  Su 

SS«»:  «  J  ««  (Odd  .f  «r.  UW,r. 

r»«n;  ss.j £«»  - .. «.  »«.**•«  ■«*  *- 

atruotions  to  go  ahead, 


SwSSHi“  -  ^  —  - 


as  they  are  received  from  Gray,  and  the  tooio^o  ^  ^  completed. 

-  diss  for  the  spring,  ruW,°*  ef„  ?£.  naraw  n8nt.  and  they  are  also 
The  swivel  pine  are  being  made  *" ®?rew  wS  have  plenty  of  rings 



The  tools  for  drilling  and  finiBhing  the  Diamond  Arms  ore  completed/ 

Vie  expoot  that  within  a  day  or  two,  we  can  deliver  lh<ni  to  Traplmgen 
from  the  Punch  Preon  Dept.  So  far  we  have  made  900  diaphragms 
and  work  hao  been  continuing  uteadily  on  them  and  within  a  few  days 
we  shall  have  the  fixture  for  rounding  oho  corks,  and  there  in  nothing 
to  otop  uo  from  going  ahead  on  these  reproducers.  order  has  been 
placed  for  the  oorks  and  1000  hao  Juot  been  received  and  we  expeot 
to  reoeive  an  additional  2000  in  a  few  days. 

The  diamond  points  we  are  now  getting  at  the  rnte  of  3B0  for  a 
10  hr.  day.  Y/e  do  not  anticipate  any  hold-up  on  the  diamond  situa¬ 
tion,  at  any  rate,  we  are  pushing  this  reproducer  so  no  to  be  able 
to  make  shipment  with  the  first  shipment  of  blue  Arab  or  ol  Records. 

The  situation  on  Hiamaphones  is  aa  follows:  2  machines  com¬ 
pleted;  26  more  will  be  completed  with  a  month;  and  76  more  I  find 
we  can  complete  by  the  early  part  of  December,  if  we  do  not  wait  for 
tools,  but  continue  working  on  the  top  plates  and  the  other  castings 
with  temporary  fixtures  and  gauges  that  wo  now  have.  All  work 
will  be  followed  up  and  efery  effort  is  being  made  to  oompleto  the 
100  machines  by  December  First. 


P.  Yfeber 

The  Celluloid  Company 


CON  PiACE  i/ 

K  <  /!  y»^>tembor  5, 


conversation  rdWootive  surface 

t  different  atagoE  of  the 

seaBoning  and  shipping,  to  determine  if  j 

\7e  shall  also  polish  more  highly  the  inside  of  our  "nozzles!? 
for  forming  the  tubes,  which  are  now  only  smooth  finidiod,  and  soo  if 
that  reduces  any  of  the  longitudinal  scratches. 

Ho  particular  care  has  been  exorcised  in  handling  these  tubes 
after  making,  as  this  point  has  never  been  raised  before  and  wo  did  not 
recognize  its  desirability.  As  about  95  percent  of  the  small  lateral 
scratches  are  evidently  duo  to  handling  by  us  or  during  shipping  or  pos¬ 
sibly  by  you  after  receipt,  more  careful  handling  end  packing  will  un¬ 
doubtedly  result  in  improvement. 

As  regards  the  suggested  deleterious  effect  of  strong  acetone 
upon  the  surface  of  the  "Celluloid"  tubes,  wo  wish  you  would  carry  your 

nvestlgations  further  and  would  be  glad  to  know  the  re 
o  our  theories  and  our  praotloo  along  the  linos  wo  arc 
e  think  the  advantages  of  a  strong  solvent  outweighs  J 

o  aooustomod  to  work. 

Ur. .Thomas  A.  Edison 

Sept.  5,  12. 

The  particles  of  nitro-cellulose  and  camphor  In  our  compound  uro  in  such 
intimate  mixture  as  to  he  equivalent  to  a  solution  and  are  ao  minute  as  to 
he  undetectable  under  a  powerful  microscope.  Both  the  camphor  and  our 
form  of  nitro-cellulose  are  equally  soluble  in  aootono  bo  that  anhydroue 
acetone  should  show  no  selective  action  upon  dipping  the  "Celluloid"  into 
it.  It  should  tend  to  soften  and  sliehtly  flow  the  surface  so  as  to  anooth 
over  all  minor  imperfections  leaving  the  surface  with  a  polish.  Of  course 
if  there  should  he  present  in  tho  surface  of  the  "Colluloid"  uny  email  par¬ 
ticles  of  dirt  or  other  insoluble  foreign  matter,  tho  acetone  might  loosen 
and  carry  it  away  leaving  a  depression,  hut  this  would  he  true  in  any  onoo. 

1  would  suggest,  if  it  has  not  already  occurred  to  you,  to  t*o 
a  white  blank  containing  some  of  the  imperfections  discovered  under  the 
mieroBOopc  and  after  marking  on  tho  inner  side  of  tho  tube  tho  points  at 
which  they  occur,  dip  tho  blank  into  various  strengths  of  acetone  and  then 
"print"  it;  should  tho  marked  dofoots  not  bo  noticeable  in  tho  printed 
record,  it  would  either  show  that  tho  acetone  it  was  dipped  in  had  cor¬ 
rected  them  or  else  that  they  wore  negligible  any  way.  If  new  defoots 
developed  other  causes  would  have  to  be  sought.  Variations  or  improvements 
of  such  a  test  will  of  courso  suggest  themselves  to  you. 

I  have  instructed  tho  factory  to  send  you  direct  say  6  plocoB 
of  tube  12"  long  taken  from  some  tube  newly  run  which  has  been  handled  as 
carefully  as  practicable.  These  will  be  quite  fresh  and  will  contain  an 
excess  of  camphor  over  what  is  in  the  seasoned  tube.  later  to  send  you 
some  moro  samples  from  the  seme  tubes  after  seasoning  but  still  subjeotsd 
to  careful  handling. 

I  understood  that  tho  100  records  among  which  yon  found  such  t 
large  percentage  of  imperfect  ones,  wore  from  the  earliest  that  you  had 
turned  out  and  possibly  now  machinery  end  unskilled  labor  contributed  tc 
the  result.  1  would  be  glad  to  hear  if  later  results  boar  out  such  a 
large  percentage  of  spoiled  records  and  we  will  v/elcomo  any  criticisms 
of  our  material  which  will  enable  us  to  perfect  it  to  meet  your  demands, 
if  it  lies  within  the  nature  of  tho  material  itself. 

Very  truly  yours. 


Sept.  6 ,19 IS 

■  'V 

Mr.  E.  J.  Borggren  end  file;- 

Ploase  fulfil sh  me  with  Edison  Phonograph 
Works  Board  of  Directors 1  Resolution  authorising  the  plaoing  of 
oontraot  with  Union  Drawn  Steel  Company  for  three  hundred  (300) 
tons  Cold  Drawn  Screw  Hod,  to  be  taken  by  January  1,1913. 

In  thiB  connection  please  note  that 
of  this  300  tons  is  specified  for  the  reason  that  from  160  to 
200  tons  will  probably  he  required  by  the  Storage  Battery-.Company', 

(  who  have  the  privilege  of  drav/ing  ugainst  this  contract)  ,ond 
59  tone  will  he  immediately  deducted  on  account  of  over  shipment 
on  the  contract  just  expiring. 

The  approximate  obligation  involved  ±u 

this  contract  is  $  13500. 


00  to  Messrs.  Ifcrer,  Wilson,  Bachman,  Harry  Mil 


Hr.  Weber: 

Roforring  to  instructions  civ011  hy  IDarpor  to  Eairwoather 
relativo  to  oxidising  reproducer  and  other  parts  for  A-60  diao 
machine,  I  havo  just  aeon  Hr.  Edison  ana  ho  has  dooiaod  that  with 
the  exception  of  the  eahinot  rod  heads,  all  other  parts,  that  is, 
reproducer,  roproduoor  damping  forrulo,  speed  adjusting  laioh, 
opood  indicator  dial  and  rod,  eahinot  front  grill  Jmoh,  are  to 
ho  niclrelod.  Cabinet  rod  hoads  are  either  to  ho  grainoa  tho 
same  as  the  oahinets  or  finished  in  somo  othor  way  as  near  tho 
color  of  tho  cahinots  as  possihlo.  ELeasc  give  nooossary 
instructions  to  pooplo  interested  to  this  effect. 




Mr.  Water: 

accordance  with  matters  decided  on  yesterday  at  the  Exocutivo 
IMtiw,.  if*^»?S5.S£r“  provide  the  MUrtW  opparato.  In  tl. 
order  mentioned: 

(1st)  30  model  "B"  diamond  point  reproducers  for  salesmen^  use  hy 

September  15th. 

*2nd)  At  least  100,  and  200  if  possible,  model  "B"  diamond  reproducers 
for  Jotters 1  samples  t ©tween  September  15th  and  BOuh. 

( ot*rrj  l  a  stock  of  all  types  of  our  present  modol  cylinder  mac hino s , 

SESSStaS^ SSSSlffS  ™°enC?heJem?°^oside  ^nd  Standard 
types  to  accommodate  the  diamond  reproducer. 

■SSL*  SSSf: S»  Zg&S&StfgtZ  ardor, 

as  do  not  speoify  diamond  reproducers  • 

(6th)  All  cylinder  machines  for  shipment  on  and  after  Oct.  1st  must 
bo  made  in  the  four-minute  typo  only. 

&s  StsaM. 

Ooplee  to  w.  Edls/n:  Pyor:  Bird,  Polt.or:  *»«*»•  Iroton: 

Maxwell:  MoOhesney.  v 

Ur.  Weber:  arQ  nQn  applying  two-minute  recorders  with  Home  and 

Triumph  Phonograph  equipments  hut  It  Has  been  decided  |°  dis°°^^e 
including  them  with  these  equipments  on  ^fter 

will  a  four-minute  recorder  he  inoluded  to  taho  their  place.  niuer 
Oct.  1st  all  machines  will  he  shipped  without  including  a  recorder 
.  J.T,  _  _  *  _ j *nrnexryi’  Please  &ovem  vour  ou’tpu'fc  of  recorders  scoordirgly 

^limit^he  manufacture  of  them  to  use  with  tho  Homo  Shaving  Out- 

Copies  to  Messrs:  E<4/on:  Dyer:  Wetzel:  HLrd:  Polheer:  Goodwin:  Irett 
Harwell :  MoChesney. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Jnc. 


Edison  Phonographs  and  Records 
Edison  Primary  Batteries 
EdisonKinetoscopes  undMotion  Picture  Films 
Edison  Dictating  Machines 
Edison  Home  Kinetoscopes  and 
Motion  Picture  Films 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  Recording  Dep’t. 

79-83  Fifth  Avenue 

New  York  September  10,  1912 

Ur.  Ueadowcroft, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  your  letter  of  August  27th  which  Mrs. 
Staats  has  sent  me.  In  the  list  of  songs  she  is  to  sing 
you  have  asked  that  she  sing  a  duet  from  "Forza  del  Destino" 
for  Soprano  and  Alto,  as  there  are  no  duets  in  this  opera 
for  this  particular  combination  I  presume  you  wish  to  her 
sing  with  Hrs.  Kirwan  one  of  the  Tenor  and  Baritone  duets 
and  as  there  are  three  duets  for  Tenor  and  Baritone  in  the 
opera,  two  in  the  3rd  Act  and  one  in  the  4th,  kindly  adviBe 
me  which  one  you  refer  to.  Would  also  like  to  know  if  Mr. 
Edison  has  made  any  special  terms  with  these  artistes. 

Yours  very  /truly, 

Mgr.  Recording  Department 


dictated  to 

Mr.  Ehilpot : 

Beginning  immediately  you  will  please  arrange  to  operate 
a  night  force  in  such  of  your  departments  as  will  enable  you  to  got 
out  a  larger  production  of  Blue  Records.  As  I  understand  it.  from 
my  talk  with  you  this  morning,  this  will  only  necessitate  the 
r^ng  of  two  or  three  of  the  departments,  as  the  others  are  capable 
of  h-ffn-c  in  ten  hours  all  that  these  two  or  three  departments  can 
turn  out  in  twenty-four.  I  can't  understand  why  you  have  not  arranged 
for  this  before;  in  fact,  I  understood  from  you  a  few  days  ago  you 
were  running  nights.  Certainly  if  yon  have  not  moulds  enough  to 
operate  all  your  printing  machines  during  the  daytime,  the  only  way 
you  can  increase  your  production  is  by  working  such  moulds  as  you 
have  double  time  and  that  can  only  be  done  by  putting  on  a  night  gang. 

9/13/12.  O.H.Y/ilsaa. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  EdiZn:  Byer:  Weber:  Hehr. 

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1  '  -<Mia%r. 

September  13th,  1912. 

Messrs .  EDISON;  ITXER;  Y?IMOK; 

The  Rudolph  7urlitj!or  fiompnny  are  vary  dasiroujr 
of  having  you  Inspect  the  V.'urlitzer  "Nnit  Orchestra"  now 
Installed  at  the  Century  Kiaatre,  New  York  City,  and  In 
conversation  with.  Kr.  Rudolph  Y/urt.itsier  rooantly,  he  re¬ 
quested  mo  to  advise  him  when  It  would  ha  convenient  for 
you  to  make  an  appointment  to  hear  a  demonstration  of 
this  Instrument. 

If  yon  will  arrange  to  set  a  date,  I  will  ho 
pleased  to  communloate  with  Kr.  as  wall  as 
with  their  New  York  representative  regarding  it. 

namely,  a  sensitive  plate  or  plates  or  stencil  or  wax  sheet  or 
sheets  at  which  a  business  man,  say,  desiring  to  conduct  his  cor¬ 
respondence  without  the  aid  of  a  stenographer  and  typewriter,  etc., 
could  talk  his  thoughts,  producing  impressions  of  the  words  spoken 
.which  could  be  transferred  to  his  letterheads,  etc.  I  appreciate 
that  you  comprehend  what  I'm  driving  at,  and  if  it  is  possible  to 
evolve  the  necessary  device  it  should  be  instantly  recognized  as  a 
long  step  forward  of  the  present  methods.  True,  we  have  the  phono¬ 
graph,  the  graphaphone,  the.  dictagraph  and  other  sound  recording 
devices,  all  of  which  serve  admirable  purposes,  and  the  scheme  I 

purpose  may  be  impossible  of  evolution;  it  would,  of  course,  involve 
a  certain  automatic  selection  of  impressions  to  represent  quite 
countless  words,  but  when  you  and  I  as  telegraphers  consider  how 
nicely  the  Yetman  sending  typewriter,  or  motor  attachment  for  writing 
machines,  selects  and  transmits  the  letters,  figures,  etc.,  I  think 
you  will  agree  with  me  that  my  idea,  which  may  not  be  new,  is  feasiole. 

If  you  think  this  letter  worthy  of  reply  kindly  address 

Very  respectfully  yours^ 

/?t.<rfrr^  //  Vc a-S-eriiL.^. 

Glen  Ridge  ,N.  J. 

September  14,  1912 

Hr.  Thos.  A.  Edison,  laboratory, 

Orange,  il.  J. 

Pear  Sir:- 

Y/e  ..nclose  herewith  statement  of  your 
account,  which  is  very  much  overdue,  but  which 
we  presume  has  escaped  your  attention.  Y,'e 
would  appreciate  your  remittance  to  cover. 

Yours  truly, 

COirDhJSIJE  co.xa.:y  os  at-3xca 




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:.  Mend. 

Messrs.  Hehr:  Riley:  Youmans:  Rogers:  Dolbeer:  Irdtoj 

It  has  been  deoiled  to  use  corrugated  paste-hoai^  bozas  for 
all  domestic  shipments  of  Blue  Amberol  records,  and  Mr. 
at  once  order  1,000  each  of  the  following  capacity:  200  100  BO  25. 

These  oases  should  he  received  in  time  for  our  ^P^tshipmentsof 
Amberol  records,  but  if  not,  we  will,  of  course,  have  to  use  the 
wooden  cases  «tiU  have  to  use  wooden  past¬ 

ing  oases  as  heretofore. 

5/16/1 r 

Copies  to  Meooro.  Edison:  wot:  StoT^o:  Wet:  LooM.g:  Hottol:  Boltoam. 


If  thoro  is  anything  going  ^  o  delay  our  beginning 
Mrt.  of  oyltodor  tooltooo  tito  <U™a  roprodrooro  o»  Oot.  lot.  as 
specified  to  tedlotto  ouch  1.  tot  lotos  sort  to  too  trade.  It  till  10 
too  reproaooors,  loth  models  A  tod  B.  So  for  oo  I  eon  boo  too  oopo  for 
too  nodol  B  roprodtoor  till  rot  1»  rooolvod  Holly  ot  too  roto  of  oloot 
400.  onl  too  tolshto.  thloh  oro  too  soao  for  models  A  ond  B.  till  lo 
roooltod  to  lorgor  ooortitioe,  ood  If  toooo  ortioloo  ooo  1.  torhod  tp 
no  ropldly  OB  roooirod.  to  oosht  to  hoto  o  ooooldorollo  r-lor  of  loth 
oodolo  roody  Ootolor  lot.  I  or  stotos  y"o  this  toforootlon  oo  toot 
orrorsooooto  toy  10  »do  to  proyort  ory  doloy  to  oorplottos  too  ropro- 
duo ore  after  oupa  and  weight a  are  reooivod. 

9/16/12.  / 

CiploB  to  Hoaara .  Edison:  Iyer. 

Messrs.  Weber:  Berggren:  Dolheer:  W. Eckert:  Philips:  Goodwin:  MoOhesney: 
Stevens:  Xroton:  Hird:  Youmans:  Rogers:  H. Eckert:  Brown:  J.Pelzer: 
Parrell :  Davidson:  Madison:  Durand:  Hudson:  kerning:  Wetzel: 

Mr.  Edison  has  called  my  attention  to  the  fact  that  we  are 
not  "practicing  what  we  preach",  in  that  we  are  not  using  Dictating 
Machines  for  our  correspondence  and  other  work,  and  requests  that 
all  departments  immediately  arrange  to  do  so.  In  order  to’ carry  out 
his  wishes,  I  have  plaoed  the  matter  in  Mr.  Durand's  hahds,  and  he 
will  shortly  interview  you  in  tho  matter,  after  which  ho  will  write 
a  detailed  report,  stating  whore  Dictating  Machines  aro  now  used, 
whoro  they  can  and  will  ho  used  in  tho  future,  and  where,  for  such 
reasons  as  ho  will  give,  ho  does  not  consider  it  practicable  or 
economical  to  use  them.  Please  co-operate  with  Mr.  Durand  in  this 


Copies  to  Messrs.  Dyer:  Edison. 


MesBro.  V.'ateel  -  Mitchell 
Kiloy  -  Piles- 


Devine  -  Moeokel  -  V.'atoman  -  Morris  - 


la  order  to  be  la  a  position  to  ship  advance  orders  for  Moohineo 
for  the  Pall  Trade  promptly  wo  should  havo  t.ho  following  stool:  ready 
as  near  Oot.  1st  as  possible. 

Gem  Model  D.  Comb.  Typo  with  K  Reproducers  800 

"  4  Min.  Typo  only  "  Binraond  B  "  BOO 

Wo  hove  a  stock  of  450  Model  D  Gems  on  hand  850  of  which  should 
bo  changed  to  4  Min.  Typo  and  equipped  with  Diamond  B  Reproducers; 
the  balanoe  of  quantity  should  bo  brought  through  on  the  pronont  Shop 
Order  for  Model  D  Kaohines. 

Fireside  Combination  Type  with  K  Reproducers  800 

"  4  Min.  Type  only  "  Diamond  B  '*  8000 

Bring  through  2000  4  Min.  Type  on  present  Shop  Ordor  for 
Comb.  Type  and  equip  with  Diamond  B  Reproducers. 

Standard  Model  I*  Comb.  Typo  with  S  Reproducers  200 

"  "  M  4  Min.  s  "  Diamond  B  "  8000 

Change  the  Reproducer  Amo  on  Model  E  Machines  in  stock 
but  do  not  pack  any  until  shipping  orders  are  reooived  on  account 
of  possible  allonge  in  Horn  Equipment. 

change  over  the  surplus  stook  of  Model  P  standard  Mohs,  over 
the  800  required  into  Model  P.  Machines  and  equip  with  Diamond  B 
Reproducers  hut  without  Horn  Equipment. 

Homo  Model  E  Comb.  Type  with  0  Reproducers  loo 

"  4  Min.  Typo  ”  Diamond  B  "  1000 

Bring  through  1000  4  Min.  Type  Holis.  on  present  Shop  Order 
for  Comb.  Typo  and  equip  with  Diamond  B  Reproducers. 

Triumph  Model  P  Conb.  Typo  with  0  Reproducers 
"  4  Kin.  Typo  "  Diamond  B  " 

Bring  through  BO  4  Min.  Type  Machines  on  present  Chop 
Order  for  Comb.  Typo  and  equip  with  Diamond  B  Reproducers. 

Concert  Oak  with  Diamond  A  Reproducer 
"  Mahogany  "  H  " 

Amberola  III  Oak"  "  " 

"  III  Mahog.  with  Diamond  /\  " 

"  I  oak  "  "  " 

"  I  Mahog.  "  "  -  » 







Immediate  stepD  should  be  taken  to  efface 
the  transfer  "2  min.-4  min."  from  all  Combination  Machines 
or  bodies  of  tfaehinos  that  are  to  be  changed  over  to  the 
/,  uin.  Type  and  the  looking  or  changing  of  the  2  min.  gears 
should  aloo  be  done  promptly  oo  that  the  Assembling  Depart¬ 
ment  will  not  be  hold  up  in  ito  work.  lie  change  in  the 
serial  numbers  ie  necessary  but  the  togs  bearing  the  Serial 
Humber  should  be  Btomped  to  indicate  if  Machine  is  Combination 
or  4  Min.  Type. 


CC  to  Messrs.  ltdieon  -  Dyer 

C.  H.  Y11LSOH. 

Weber  -  Dolbeer  -  Stevens  and 

MR.  SDTSOH:  y2*  1 

I  have  looked  up  the  Seoords  marked  with  a  blue  "x" 
on  your  list  with  Mr.  Miller,  and  find  the  talent  cost  to  he  ae 

LABIA;  #260  per  song.  Ho  royalty. 

HBiTTiTWfl-  All  aeleotions  that  you  now  have  recorded  were  made 
onTTWn?  of  #2So  per  seleotion,  hut  Mr.  Miller  is  closing  or 

ha.  closed  a  future  ^rangament  to^ist 

&&ft1S3S  the°f irst*grada°above  the  medium  priced  Record 
a*  A?  50  In  view  of  this  future  contract,  and  the  merit  °r 

Spalding's  wor£,  the  price  of  #2.00  is  prohahly  a  suitable  one. 

nnnPPH-  Arrangement  with  this  artist  is  for  10^  on  qur  net 

have  put  him  in  the  #1.90  class. 

#250  per  song.  Ho  royalty. 
ra.VA’  #800T~per  song:  10/  on  eaoh  Record  listed  and  a 

SHTeo  thifthe  to'al  royalties  from  Ul  Record^  list ed_will 


he  #1000  per  year.  ' 

mWm!tfS.'S<SSS>  £S£*iS  &*«»  S  !S* t0 

the  Reoord  any  on  his  acoount. 

PAKLOf:  *250  per  selection  and  10^  on  our  net  selling  prioe 

POLISH:  #300  per  selection.  Ho  royalty. 

KURgOgy:  #100  par  selection. 

ACETH:  #125  per  selection. 

OISSHHROS : #166  per  selection  and  10^  on  each  Record. 

KHOTH:  #166  par  selection. 

■.«*  on  list  nrlce  with  guarantee  that  royalty  will  he 
atT^iifWaCord  Pfn  ^61110^0  this  he  had  a  guarantee 

as  a  loss  and  put  a  price  on  any  Records  that  you  use  in  your 
list  that  will  bring  in  the  most  money.  To  ^  -basis  if  the 
probably  get  back  more  money  on  a  ““derate  Pr|°Sd„£B£,oa» 

■s.’tS  SE*s.t«s  n««- 

"bpktu,  boticB:  ».  »ni.r  w*  «•  *M  »»  P“ 

■ate  oosTTo"any  artist  where  orohestra  is  used. 

The  Record  0. life  haw.  only  K^'^Sin?* 
priced  12  one  dollar  ( *1)  ^oordsandf  ourjl  •  *•«  » .potions 


MPMBHRI50 : You  do  not  need  to  bother  about  the  beJ£  that 

will  pair  and  price,  Mr.  Hird  will  assign  the  ri^t  nunbers^tna^ 
indicate  the  prioe,  and  another  thing,  if  y°u  ohang  y 

about  putting  out  a  Record  at  the  lent  minute,  even  though  it  hae 
been  paired,  priced  and  numbered,  it  will  not  make  any  difference 
•to  withdraw  aame,  for  it  la  a  well  known  rule  with  the  Trade  that 
O' ‘tea  Record  numbera  do  not  run  in  exact  aariea.  There  hae  alwaya 
been  a  few  aklpe,  and  Jobbera  or  Dealer*  do  not  provide  bine  for 
aklpa . 

If  there  ia  any  information  I  have  omitted  in 
this  memorandum  that  will  be  helpful  to  you  in  this  complex  Job 
of  pricing  and  pairing,  I  will  try  to  get  it  for  you. 

C.  S.  300DWIN. 


lLl  i.SL 


■  2  SO. 



//  !l  . 

September  18,  1912. 


Whispering  Ttlowers 
The  Pal re at  Robs  Waltz 

Darling  Nellie  Gray 

Mass's  in  the  Cold, 
Gold  Ground 
Heart Btrings  Waltz 

Love  *  b  Old  Sweet  Song 

Bonnie  Sweet  BeBBie 
Serenade  (MoBzkoweki) 

The  Mocking  Bird 
Flower  song  (Lnage) 

Violin,  Flute  & 

Tenor  &  Baritone 

Tenor  &  Mixed 

Baritone  &  Chorus 

Violin,  Flute  & 

Viilin,  Flute  & 

«  ,u,  i- 

-The  Two  Poets 


(To  he  eeleoted) 



81501  1 

81502  ( 


81503  ( 

81504  ( 







title  made  by 

The  Heart  Bowed  Down  Baritone-Chalmers. 

Traumerei  Vlollncello 

Old  Folks  At  Home.  Contralto  * 


The  Evening  Star  Violinoello-gruppe 

Ever  of  Thee  I'm  Soprano  &  Baritone 

Fondly  Dreaming. 

Berceuse  -  Jocelyn  Viollncello-Gruppe 

In  Happy  Moments.  Baritone-Chalmers 

Simple  Aveu  Violincello-Gruppe 




Stabat  Mater  Agnes  Kimball  and 

(To  be  selected.)  Chorus. 

w-m^o  .x  upj«i  ™» »« *»  «t°'t' 

jot  rtll  ploao.  ces-e.oe  ai.tllli»B  “*  ““I  Ior  t’“ 

p^a.a  ef  r.corerdrs  .«*  ~t.r*1»  -  —  *•  ™4  “  *M  — “*”” 
of  hlerhe,  OTd  which  yew  toll  ».  the  ether  «W  *»“  “  ”rtl  “  ” 

«t  least  V*  Par  pored.  «erh  eh  UtUW  this  raterlal  shceld  ha 
aontinead  a.  rapidly  as  po.sihle  entll  yaw  era  farther  adrieed. 

9/20/12.  /  li.n.n— -■ 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  Dyer:  Wetor:  Aiken:  Bohr. 

C. H.  Wilson. 


Messrs.  Dolbeor :  MoChesney:  Ireton:  Goodwin:  Maxwell:  Youmare:. 

Please  note  that  in  the  outfit  for  model  "A"  160  disc 
machine  we  will  inolude,  at  no  additional  prioe,  six  record  filing 
albums.  Mention  should  he  made  of  this  and  the  albums  described 
in  such  printed  matter  as  is  gotten  out.  The  albums  should  be  packed 
in  the  same  packing  case  as  the  machine  and  cabinet. 

9/20/12.  .  C.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  EcLfySon:  Dyer:  Weber:  Hird: 

,0  ■ 

Mr.  Weber: 

With  only  38  jobbers  out  of  a  possible  100  heard  from, 
we  have  thus  far  received  advance  orders  to  be  shipped  Oct.  1st, 
for  the  following  phonographs  with  diamond  reproducers: 

Gem  103 
Fireside  2699 
Standard  500 
Homo  182 
Triumph  8 
Concert  104 
Amberola  X  14 
Amberola  XII  15 

This  means  that  extraordinary  efforts  will  have  to  be 
made  to  get  these  machines  out  anywhere  near  on  time,  and  if  anything 
can  be  done  in  any  way,  shape  or  manner  to  increase  our  present 
oapacity,  it  should  be  done  immediately. 

9/23/12.  O.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edi/on:  Dyer. 

Yi.  Eokorb : 

Ploaso  issue  a  shop  ordor  oovoring  labor  roquirod  to  distill 
two-minuio  scrap  wan  and  rocovor  such  materials  aa  can  bo  uood  by  us 
In  tho  manufacture  of  blanks  or  sold  for  other  purposes,  Mio  objoct 
of  this  is,  wo  have  several  thousand  pounds  of  two -minute  scrap  vraz 
on  hand  which  wo  aro  unable  to  disposo  of,  and  Ur.  Dodd  claims  wo  can 
distill  it  and  recover  materials  that  would  bo  worth  at  least  10rf  per 
pound  for  uuo  in  connection  with  tho  manufacture  of  blanks,  and  what 
wo  want  to  find  out  is  the  actual  quantity  of  useful  materials  that 
can  be  recovered,  what  thoir  value  is  to  uu  o*  to  coll  to  outside 
poople,  and  what  the  cost  of  rocoveriUG  then  will  bo. 

If  you  do  not  thoroughly  understand  what  is  required,  see  mo. 
9/23/12.  .  C.H.V,'. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  Dodd:  T/otsel. 

Hr.  Ehilpot: 

Within  the  next  two  weeks  you  will  probably  bo  called  upo 
to  manufacture  Kinctophone  records.  2o  begin  with  a  capacity  of  100 
per  week  will  probably  bo  sufficient,  but  by  Boo.  1st,  wo  should  bo 
able  to  turn  out  300  per  week.  Please  arrange  your  manufacturing 
facilities  along  these  lines,  and  al»  see  about  placing  your  order 
for  celluloid  stock. 

9/26/13.  C,K*"* 

Copies  to  HoBsrs.  Bdij/on:  Byor:  Weber:  Higham:  Wurth:  Behr. 

Wt.  Thomaa  A.  Edison,  4 

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We  are  in  receipt  of  youi-  communication  ,  .,  t 
of  sept.  25th.  U— ^‘]  ^f-r  ^  ** 

in  your  letter  yoa  state  that  yon  only  «*- 

eell  yonr  goods  to  Jotters  and  retailers  who  enter  w, 

into  special  agreements  Kith  you  to  maintain  prices. 

Will  yon  please  explain  to  us  in  Khat  respect  this  1b  an^t  ^ 
advantage  to  the  general  public  who  buy  your  output,  1 
and  Kith  whose  money  you  conduct  your  business.  If  Vv.»-~tU 
it  were  not  for  the  men  who  buy  your  machines,  you  « 
would  not  have  any  output  for  your  investment,  there-  | 
fore  -  why  should  you  confine  to  fixed  prices  againBtJ 
this  benefactor?  We  will  publish  your  letter  in  the  / 
oldest  daily  in  this  state.  We  presume  you  will  vote 
for  Taft  and  advise  your  employees  and  backers  to  do . 

likewise . 

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Mr.  Edison: 

por  your  Information  X  1 Js  to  advise  y»ttA2f<l*50+S*5?St 
condition  of  disc  and  cylinder  machines  and  record  orders  to  date, 
or  approximately  so:  / 

tttf.c  PHOHOftRAPHS 

Model  A  250:  Orders  receive^  206;  packed  226. 

packing  is  solve  ahead  daily. 

iitodol  A  150:  °?a°?Q  rn£0naMtio!mlPcahinots ’  mookmisms'!'  roproduoors 

T/c  have  guTtoa  mo&nos.rtth  mire  coming 

t^o^fv/ooiayT  and  the  work  of  aoscmhling  them  complete  ready  for 
packing  is  Going  on  daily. 

mechaklsgl?5  aro  S^inlshelT^Eor^e  mc^Llsms'fiSshod^ag^ 

f °  “SKoSfSS  ^  “ 

slss  &  ssyrSBa, 

two  or  throe  woeks. 


So  date  we  have  roooivod  orders  for  between  175  and  200,000. 


Orders  received:  Com  85 

Concert  176 

Amhorola  I  14 

moso  bbbUhob  or.  <01 j “*  “  ** 

»»  .«.  Igggjfgt  £*1.2?  BB°  to 

do  not  turn  out  dofootivo. 


riU  leB“ 

l£tmiS£»S!£i  T  BM  VI  mat*.  1°  U  Of  W— *  *»«'*  “ 

rapidly  as  possible,  and  unless  some  delay  in  production  ooonrs,  we 
should  -bo  able  to  bogin  shipments  of  thorn  some  timo  in  HoVomber. 

worfc  on  tho  A  80  Mso  maohine  which  oonsiots  practically  of  tho  samo 
moohaSsm  as  in  tlS  A  60,  hut  a  wooden  cabinet.  is  also  being  pushed, 
and1  thoy  should  ho  coming  through  ready  for  shipment  shortly  after 
tho  Amherolas  V  and  VI. 

10/5/12.  0-  H.  Wilson. 

Copy  to  Hr.  Iyer. 

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'  ji.^r 

weber:  Dodd:  Wurth:  Grimes;  Hird: 

Messrs.  Philpot:  Badger:  Geo 
Yotunans:  Ireton:  Eolbeer:  Goodwin. 

Please  note  that  Mr.  Hehr  has  been  appointed  Production 
Clerk  for  all  cylinder  records  and  blanks,  and  any  instructions 
given  by  him  as  to  moulds  to  be  manufactured  first  and  quantity 
thereof,  records  to  be  manufactured  first  and  quantity  thereof, 
blanks  to  bo  manufactured,  are  to  bo  followed. 

Mr.  Hehr  will  keep  in  close  touch  with  both  the  selling 
and  manufacturing  ends  of  the  cylinder  record  business,  and  there¬ 
fore  be  in  a  position  to  deoide  on  above  matters. 


Copies  to  Messrs. 


Gen.  Mgr. 

Iyer:  Weber. 

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Messrs.  V/oftor:  Wetzol: 

Memo,  of  Oot.  2 ml  to  l 
on  Gon  Phonographs,  o< 
diamond  roproducor  is 

•  10/16/18. 

Copies  to  Mossrs.  Edi 

Owing  to  conditions  as  mentioned  in  Ur.  Water's 
IT.  Edison,  you  will  pl^so  hold  up  all  v/orh 
3  far  as  equipping  them  with  new  arm  and 
eonoomod,  until  further  advised. 



Hutchison:  Dolboor: 


Messrs.  ITehr:  Goo.  T/ebor:  Philpot:  Badger:  Moore:  Grimes: 

On  Saturday  last  X  started  to  go  up;to  4th  floor  -lot  record 
building  #24,  end  found  the  first  floor  entrance,  as  well  as  the 
stairways,  lined  with  employees  waiting  for  the  whistle  to  blow. 

She  time  was  not  later  than  throe  minutes  to  twelve.  X  inured 
of  several  of  the  people  where  they  worked  and  was  told  by  some 
they  worked  in  the  disc  record  department  and  by  others  under  Mr. 
Philpot.  These  employees  certainly  must  have  *uit  their  work  not 
later  than  5  minutes  to  twelve,  in  order  to  got  their  coats  and 
hats  on  and  be  down  on  the  stairway  or  in  the  entrance  where  I 

saw:  them. 

Our  closing  hour  at  noon  is  12  o'clock  and  at  night  sir 
unlock.  ani  .11  WW..  <h»M  ™ain  at  thair  «ork  nntil  th. 
vftistl.  tlouo  inuaatine  that  tt...  Mn.  hare  It  is 

„  to  you  to  sso  that  any  hoi,  in  your  doparf  ont  loan  not  M 
thora  no*  «»«  thoao  hours.  Purthornur.,  «  ioronan  or  so.oono 
in  authority  should  r.nain  in  oaoh  dopartmont  -til  the  «■««» 
hour  to  so.  that  th.  non  do  not  (fit  ahead  at  tine. 



Hr.  HirdJ 

Please  deliver  to  Hr.  Hutchison  a  model  H  reproducer,  so 
ho  can  test  it  out  on  a  homo  recorded  blank  to  see  how  many  good 
reproductions  we  can  get  from  tho  record.  The  diamond  point 
reproducer  is  too  heavy  and  wears  the  record  out  too  quickly,  and 
wo  have  got  to  adopt  some  lighter  weight  reproducer  to  offer  to 
tho  public  at  a  very  low  price,  so  that  they  can  obtain  more 
reproductions  from  the'  Homo  Recording  proposition. 

10/18/12.  C.H.W. 

Copy  to  Mr.  Hutchison. 

C  on  dens  it  e  Company  of  America 

Glen  Ridge  ,N.  J. 

Ootober  22,  1912. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  laboratory, 

Orange,  II.  J. 

Gentlemen:  ’  Attention  of  Hr.  H. P. Miller , See 'y. 

V/e  beg:  to  return  to  you  the  original  of  our  letter  of 
Sept .  14th,  with  your  notations  therein  of  our  account  with  you, 
which  is  correct  except  in\one  particular  and  that  is  your  charge  to 
us  of  April  30th-  $31.14.  \  / 

V/ith  respect  to  that  charge/we  wrote  you  on  July  23rd  that  the 
material  for  which  this  ehargeVas  made  was  delivered  to  us  by  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  Inc.,  and  has  bcen/)\id  for  by  us;  we  have  never  received 
a  reply  from  you  in  response/to  this  letter. 

The  material  in  question  was  V)0  lbs.  -iono  Chloro  Ilapthalene, 
as  called  for  by  our  purchase  orders^  421  and  427  ar.d  delivered  to  us 
by  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc/  in  accordance  with  their  Invoices  llos. 20430 
and  20431,  and  for  which  by  the  way  they  chargedus  $60. 

7/ith  the  cancellation  of  this  charge  against  us  there  is  left  a 
balance  due  us  since  April  30th  of  $6.21. 

Y/e  will  appreciate  an  early  investigation  of  this  matter,  which 
you  will  find  will  confirm  the  above  statements. 

Very  truly, 




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Hossrs.  Uolboor:  Goodwill:  Iroton:  BLrd:  TCoumons:  looming:  Grimes :Hooro: 

Please  note  that  Hr.  %  E*  Hohr  will  act  aa  Production  Clork 
for  the  Mac  EoeordB,  tho  samo  as  ho  is  nor/  doing  for  the  J31uo  Amborol. 
Hia  dutios^will jConsiat^of-"^  jSop-t .  of  the  number  of  moulds 

required  for  oaoh  selection,  in  order  to  turn  out  the  ostiraatod 
quantity  of  rooords  required  for  first  ordora — tho  Mould  3opt.  in 
turn  to  advise  Mr.  Hohr  as  fast  as  moulds  are  oomplotod  end  ro,~uy 
to  manufacture^  ^  aiviB0  tho  ianm1faoturing  onda  of  tho  number  of 
rooordo  to  ho  made  of  oaoh  selection,  in  ordor  to  fill  esdma.ed 
•P+rat  ohiiminp:  orders  and  for  stock. 

Third:  To  notify  manufacturing  ends  whon  certain  moulds 
ore  to  he  taken  off  and  other  moulds  tut  on  in  order  to  produce 
stock  aooording  to  orders  reooivod  or  on  hand. 

Fourth:  To  keep  account  of  rooordo  that  go  into  stock, 
are  shipped  from  atook  and  balance  in  stock.  .  _  n_n 

P  Fifth:  To  instruct  Shipping  Dept,  as  to  what  oidors  aro 
to  he  filled  and  shippod  first— Shipping  fept.  then  to  obtain  records 
from  stock  to  fill  noooBsary  orders.  „  ^  „„„ 

Sixth:  Keep  in  clone  touch  with  manufacturing  ondo  end  see 
that  a  sufficient  quantity  of  all  materials  used 

of  disc  records  is  either  in  stook  or  ordered  to  taa.e  care  Oi  require 
monts— thoso  quantities  to  ho  based  on  tho  inoreasos  in  production 

which  will  ho  made  from  time  to  time.  _ 

Seventh:  See  that  a  stock  of  envelopes,  individual  record 
boxos,  containers,  packing  oasos  (whon  styles  liavo  ooon  docideci  on) 

are  kept  ^  aucoossfully  oaryy  out  this  work,  *  tvd  1 1  Ji0 .■,?££!! 
for  Mr.  Hohr  to  know  exactly  tho  nemos  and  quanuitloD  of  difforont 
matorialo  used  in  tho  manufacture  of  disc  rooords,  also  what  our 
production  at  tho  start  will  ho,  as  well  as  when  and  how  fast  it  will 
he  inoroaeod.  This  information  Hr.  Edison  lias  promised  to  tfaxnioh. 

It  will  also  ho  nooossary  for  thq  manufacturing  onds  to  co-operate 
in  ovory  way  with  Mr.  Rohr,  in  ordor  that  tho  host  results  may  ho 
ohteinod  throughout  and  no  delays  take  place. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  l#er 

The  whole  world  benefits  from  your  valuable  application  cf 
time;  ana  that  the  vocal  world  way  not  looe  what  you  have  learned 
for  them,  I  write  for  further  information  as  to  the  truth  of  measure¬ 
ment  of  tone. 

My  specific  question  is,  Kow  may  I  learn  to  measure  the 
truth  of  voice?  By  measurement  do  you  mean  measurement  of  vibration 
and  intensity  and  volume?  V.'e  scarcely  know  just  what  is  meant  by 
measurement,  sinco  heretofore  we  have  had  no  means  whereby  to  measure. 

V.’a,  the  vocal  teae'ners,  are  acknowledging  the  fact  that  we 
have  had  no  standards.  Standardization  is  being  scoffed  at  by  many 
while  others  are  urging  it.  If  we  have  to  work  it  out  without  your 
valuable  assistance  it  may  taka  years,  and  perhaps,  centuries,  while 
if  you  will  help  us  by  informing  one  of  us  we  can  arrive  at  some 
definite  standard  in  a  very  short  time. 

I  find,  by  training  the  tongue  to  a  consciousness  of  its 
power  in  definite  formation  and  action  for  each  vowel  and  consonant, 
(which  formation  and  action  is  intensified  as  the  pitch  of  the  tono 
rises)  and  also  by  managing  the  vowel  sc  that  the  tone  is  always  in 
front  of  the  highest  part  of  the  tongue,  that  this  will  give  to  th9 
voice  a  suraness  and  beauty  that  I  have  been  unable  to  teach  defin¬ 
itely  until  I  studied  Lyric  Diction  as  taught  by  Dora  Duty  Jone3. 

This  has  given  me  the  first  idea  of  measurement  of  any  kind  as  regards 
tono  in  vowelization. 

f  th.j  fact  that  much  good  has  come  m  wis  y.-ork, 
I  S3  3  only  glimmers  of  light  where  you  sec  oroad 
teachers  ara  floundering  about,  starving  xor  tha 
:.!ay  I  00113  and  laarn,  and  so  pass  my 
.visage  on  to  othar  teachars?  V.'-a  naad  knov;ladga  as  to  tho  natura 
voice  and  how  to  regulate  it  dafinitaly  so  as  to  give  it  oruthful 

it  of  tha 

In  spit  a  < 

I  am  convinced  that 
daylight.  Y.'3  vocal 
knowledge  that  you  possess, 


faulty  tc 

of  tone? 

Is  it  faulty  vowel  conditions  that  causa  i 

Ara  moot  of  tha  .faulty  tones  on  high,  medium  or  low 
Is  forcing  tha  tone  one  of  tha  chief  causes  of  faultiness 

Is  not  our  greatest  difficulty  due  to  tha  fact  that 
Itave  no  correlation  between  the  resonance  of  tone  ana  speecn 

Is  it  not  true  that  we  must  learn  tc  speak  well,  (' 
truthfully  as  to  vowel  and  consonant  on  any  pitch)  before  we 
hop o  to  sing  baautifully? 

You  ara  our  great  scientist;  I  um  on-; 
voice  teachers.  May  I  come  to  your  laboratory 
other  teachers  there)  and  learn  how  to  measure 
do  not  know  how  else  I  can  learn  this  truth. 

i  of  the  thousands  of 
(you  say  you  have  had 
the  truth  of  tone?  I 


Ur.  Edison:  cK 

Ur.  Dolbeer  asked  me  to  send  you  tlio  attached  lis 
showing  tto  photographs  of  Edison/aingers  and biograph 
data  about  them  which  we  have  available.  xhe  list,  I 
think,  is  self  explanatory.  The  first  column  of  fiG«r 
shows  the  number  of  photographs  we  have  of  b“n“°r 
fancy  costumes;  tto  second  column  shows  the  number  of ^ 

In  addition  to  the  material  referred  to  above 
have  rounded  up  photographs  of  practically  all  of  the 
composers  likeMgner,  Verdi,  etc.  V7e  also  have  pie: 
of  material  about  each  one. 

over  and  talk  with  you  : 

** v 

M  ^CA 



Photographs  Photographs 

(In  costume )  (not  In  costume)  Biographies 

Bessie  Abbott 
/Adelina  Agoatinelli 
'  Carlo  Albani 
Werner  Alberti 
Hugh  Allan 
'■Jario  Ancona 

'Harry  Anthony 
Anthony  &  Harrison 
Irene  Armstrong 
/Blanche  Arral 

Arriaga  Instrumental  Trio 






Elsie  Baker 
Evan  Baldwin 

Michael  Banner  &  Roy  Butin 
Harry  3.  Barbour 
Edward  Barrow 
Eugeno  Battnln 
Harriet  Bawden 
Digby  Bell 
Joe  Belmont 
^$reste  Benodetti 
Andre'  Benoist 
Albert  Bonzler 
Romeo  Berti 
_/arah  Bernhardt 
John  H.  Biehllng 
^  Biehllng  &  UacDonough 

Johann  Biachoff 
Karel  Bondam 
JJma .  Boninsiq-na 
//Vigil one  Borghese  0 
/'/Lucrezla  Bori 
Daisy  Boulais 
/  Luisa  Bresonler 

James  Brockman 
Cornelius  BronBgeest 
Alois  Burgstaller 
Maurice  Burkhart 
Butin  &  Banner 

ai(n*.i-  jc.c^^/ULcc 

Grace  Cameron 
Sig.  Campanarl 
Ernesto  Caronna 

Ernesto  Caronna  &  Luigi  Lucenti 
Mary  Carson 
Earl  Cartwright 
/Anna  Case 

i  loHuses-iu 












Donald  Chalmers 
Thomas  Chalmers 
Anna  Chandler 
Edith  Chapman 
Herbert  L.  Clarke 
Arthur  C.  Clough 
Luigi  Cilia 
Arthur  Collins 
Collins  &  Harlan 
Columbo  &  Garoia 
Florencio  Constantino 
Alpodo  Costa 
Hiss  Hay  Cox 
Armand  Crabbi 
^Italo  Cristalli 

^7 X&osJk 

Paul  Cromelin 
Frank  Croxton 
Frank  Croxton  Quartette 
\V.  3.  Czerwinski 

CharleB  Daab 
Charles  D'Alms 
Tina  de  Angelo 
Edgar  I.  Davenport 
R.  Festyn  Davies 
Peter  Dawson 
Eduards  do  Bury 
Eleonora  de  Cisneros 
Guido  Deiro 
^.de  Gregory  0 
Alarie  Delna 
Carrie  De  Mar 
Mary  lUsaem  de  Moss 
Will  F-  Danny 
A.  de  Sogurola 
.-'Emma  Destinn 
Marie  Dietrich 
Andreas  Dlpple 
Demotrius  Dounla 
Frank  X.  Doyle 
Marie  Drealer 
Gaston  Dubois 
Louis  Duolos 
a.  H.  Dudley 
Paul  Dufault 
Frank  L.  Dyer 

Frederick  W.  Eoke 
Press  Eldridgs 

EmoS  Quartet 


_JJaria  Faraetl  2 

''^Edoardo  Fat  leant  1 
/Edward  U.  Favor 
/  Harry  Fay 

Fritz  Foinhals  2 

^^Eater  Ferrabini 

Fifth  Avonuo  Presbyterian  C.  Choir 

John  A.  Finnegan 

Fisk  University  Quartet 

Itario  Florence  2 

Arturo  Pranoeschlnl  1 

Jose  Francos 

Hanna  Foorster  4  Boh.  Ptak 

Irene  Franklin  9 

Frosini  1 

Garcia  4  Colombo 

_ -Luisa  Garibaldi 

'  Robert 

Guido  Gialdini 
Irving  Gillette 
Dlnh  Gilly 

" _ Guiseppi  Giorgi 

"  ^Aristederao  Giorglni 
Lottie  Gilson' 

Don  Giovani 

_ .--Guiseppi  Godono 

Billy  Golden 
Golden  4  Hughes 
Otto  Gorltz 
Thomas  Graf 
Burt  Green 
J>aulo  Gruppe 
Alice  Guszalewicz 

— GlnsA^CCe  H-m 

Charles  Haekett 
James  V.'.  Hager 
Charles  R.  Hargreaves 
Byron  G.  Harlan 
Harlan  4  Stanley 
Charles  W.  HarriBon 
Jamas  F.  Harrison 
Harrison  4  Anthony 
J.  Hazel 

Alexander  Hainemann 
^•Uelitta  Heim 

G.  W.  Helmla 
^Heinrich  Hansel 

H.  Bennie  Henton 
Ethel  Hepburn 
Victor  Herbert 



Herbert  &  His  Orohestra  1 

Hurry  K.  Hill  1 

Hinckley  1 

Harvey  Hlndormyor 
Florence  Hinkle 
Gustav  HinrlchB 

The  Hoffmann  Qunrtette  1 

Roland  Hogue 
Vta.  F.  Hooley 
Miss  l«oy__ 

Gustave  Hubordoau 
Hughes  &  Goldon 
Harry  E.  Humphrey 





International  Association  Quartette 

Hilda  Jacobsen 
Josephine  Jacoby 
Eugono  A.  Jaudas 
Madame  Jomeli 
Ada  Jones 
Jones  &  Chorus 
Mary  Jordan 
Karl  Jom 

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Gulseppi  Kasohmaim 
Knltenbom  Quartet 
Not  M.  Koofo 
Marcus  Kollormann 
Margarot  Keyes 
Agnos  Klmmble  ft  M-l- 

John  Kiramble  ' 

Kniokerbockor  Quartet 

_ Hoinrioh  Knote 

^-Paols.  Xoralek 
Jiuoette  Korsoff 
''^Hans  Kronold 
Annie  Krull 



-»Maria  Labia 
Felix  la  Sierra 
Harry  lander 
A.  haute  Brun 
Dr.  Franklin  Lawson 
.--'Bianca  Lenzl 
Franz  Lohar 

rh^T  ’hr 


Maurice  Levi 
Arthur  C.  lichty 
/Luigi  Luoonti 
'Lucentl  4  Carolina 

JIarry  LiaoDonough 
MaoDonough  4  Biehling 
Umbrato  Maonay  liAW-tNio 

Guiseppinn  Final  Hagrini 
X^ompllio  Ualntasta 
/'Manhattan  Ladies  Quartet 
Biccardo  Martin 

Stella  Mayhew 
Frank  S.  Mazziotta 
Joe  Maxwell 
L.  C.  llcChaaney 
Mabel  McKinley 
Olivo  Mead  Quartet 
Edward  Meeker 
__^Carmon  Molia. 

Metropolitan  Quartet 
Christine  Miller 
Hood  Miller 
Ed.  Morton 
Mary  Porter  Mitchell 
Billy  Murray 
Pete  Murray 
.  ( W/vt  /K  cyua>  . 

11  ‘ 





Mario  tlarolle 
Agnes  Soil 
Luis  Hucally 

1  yes 


Will  Oakland 
Oily  Oakley 
Frank  O-rmsby 
Arthur  Osmond 
Veae  L.  Ossman 





Juan  Palmer 
G.  Pasfi.uarlello 
Kathleen  Parlow 
Binalda  BavoniX 
John  Pavolovitz 
Erheat  Pike 
Jack  Pleasants 


Fhillippine  Constabulary  Band 
Joseph  A.  Phillips 
Giovanni  Poloso 
'Steve  Portor 
Frederick  H.  Potter 
Alexander  Prince 
Boh.  Ptak  &  Hanna  Foorster 







Ban  W.  Quinn 

^ilarle  Happold 
Rappold  &  Martin 
^Romano  Rasponi 

Mildred  Graham  Beardon 
Josd  Rooahruna 
Gooreos  Regis 
Scarphy  Resky 
Gustave  Berl  Re sky 
0.  E.  Rinehart 
Boh  Roberts 
Eugene  C-  Hose 
Frederic  Rose 
Julian  Rose 
Maude  R-  Rogers 
Manuel  Homain 
Royal  Greek  Cuartet 
Edward  F.  Ruhsam 




Josie  Sadler 
Jere  Sanford 
W.  H.  Santelmann 
Henry  Santrey 
Joseph  Saucier 
Fritii  Soheff 
Paul  Seebach 
Angelo  Scandiani 
Charles  Sohustze 
Henri  Scott 
Antonio  Sootti 
Frank  R.  Seltzer 
Lieut.  Shackleton 
Samuel  Siegel 
Siegel  &  Butin 
Aldo  Stanzini 
Lina  Simeola 
Leo  Slezak 
'  W.  E.  Smith 
Wm.  Smith 
W£j.ter  Soompr 









AC p- 


John  Philip  Sousa 
Albert  Spalding 
- — -Elizabeth  Spsnoor 
Len  Sponoer 
Spenoer  &  Jonas 
Julius  Spindler 
Frank  C.  Stanley 
Stanley  &  Harlan 
Sallie  Stemhler 
Cal  Stewart 
Oscar  Stolberg 
Johann  Strauss 
— '^-Marguerita  Sylva 

Billy  Taylor 
That  Girl  Ouartet 
W.  H.  Thompson 
Uaddolona  Tied 
Vesta  Tilley 
Leo  Tolstoy 
Helen  Trlx 
Tollefaeon  Trio 
Elisa  Tromhen 
Sophie  Tucker 
William  Tuson 



Walter  Van  Brunt 
Nevada  Van  dor  Veer 
Fred  Van  Epps 
^Carel  van  Hulst 
inton  \ 

^inton  Van  Hooy 
Armand  Veosey 
vtmBtian  Instrumental  1 

-J!lvlno  Ventura 
Hegina  Vicar  ino 
Llarx  Vidal 
Viohna  Cuartet 
Frits  Vogolstrom 
Bessie  Volokman 
Berwick  von  Norden 






_-^Edyth  Walker 
"ar.  &  Mrs.  Waterous 
Geo.  P.  Watson 
Weber  Bros.  Quartet 
Frederick  Weld 
Heinald  Werrenrath 
Carolina  Longone-Whlte 



Whitney  Brothora  <~uartet 
Marshall  P.  Wilder 
Billy  Williams 
Hat  H.  Wills 
Arthur  3-  Whitcomb 
Prof.  D.  Wormsor 
Bessie  Wynn 


Mr.  Holden: 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  us  to  arrange  immediately  to  place  a 
restriction  notice  on  all  of  our  phonographs  similar  to  the  one 
used  hy  the  Victor  Co.  on  theirs.  Please  let  mo  hare  as  early  as 
possible  the  wording  which  should  appear  on  a  notioe  of  this  kind 
so  that  wo  can  have  them  printed. 

11/4/12.  |  °’H'Vr* 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  Dyer. 

Mr.  Weber: 

Please  note  that  the  Amberola  V  and  71  cylinder  machines 
are  not  to  have  the  silk  back  of  the  Brill  work  in  front  of  horn. 

Also  that  the  use  of  silk  back  of  grill  work  in  front  of  horn  on 
Amberola  1  ana  111  is  to  be  discontinued  just  as  soon  as  it  is 
possible  for  Sohall  to  properly  finish  horns  so  that  they  will 
compare  favorably  with  the  finish  on  cabinet. 

Instructions  should  be  given  the  proper  people  in  the 
shop  covering  this  matter  at  once,  and  Hr.  Dolbeer  should  arrange 
to  notify  the  trade  of  our  action. 

Such  maohines  as  are  packed,  ready  for  packing-  or  assembled 
complete  in  cabinets  having  the  silk  back  of  the  grill  will  be 
shipped  in  that  manner,  but  all  newly  assembled  maohines  in  their 
oabinets  should  not  contain  the  silk. 

11/6/12.  '  / 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison:  lyor:  Dolboer:  Ireton:  Wetsel:  Goodwin:Hird. 

The  Rudolph  Wurlitzer  Co. 

Everything  Musical 

CINCINNATI  November  6th,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange , 


yy  dear  Hr.  Edison;- 

I  have  just  returned  home,  and  I  take  nleasiire, 
in  send  in,"  "ou,  as  you  requested,  a  copy  of  our  General  net  retail 
catai  O".  whioh  describes  all  of  the  various  Orchestra  Instruments. 

Wo'  win  be  -cleaned  to  make  you  a  special  quotation  on  any  instruments 
that  vou  mieht  he  interested  in,  suoh  as  the  flute,  clarionet  and 
Double  Basses  that  you  spoke  of  when  I  saw  you  in  Orange. 

m  brother.  Hr.  Howard  E.  Wurlitzer  will  be  in  How 
v0rk  about  the  18th  of  Hovember  and  I  hope  that  you  may  find  it  °°^en- 

ient  at  that  time  to  listen  to  a  demonstration  of  our  new  instrument, 
the  Wurlitzer  Orchestra,  used  at  the  Century  Theatre  for  th 
the  dramatic  production  "A  Daughter  of  Heaven”. 

with  kindest  er actings,  I  remain 

,  Reply  lo  THE  RUDOLPH  WURLITZER  CO..  117  lo 

Long  : Distance  Telephone.  570  Oxford 

The  Music  Trades  Company 

wishes,  X 

Hov.  15th,  1912 

Hr.  M.  H.  HutohiBon:- 



20  CUBhing  Machines  #594  —  f  inlBhea  ll/o/l2 

1300  Backing  Machines  #598  —  1108  delivered  to 

aate  —  192  more  needed  —  going  over  next  week 

3000  Boxes  #A/644  and  3000  Bases  #A/645  coning  in 
from  outoide  —  440  received  — root  coming 
slong  swiftly. 

125  Reaming  Machine  cutters  coming  in  from  outside 
75  received  —  enough  to  keep  Mr.  Philpot 
going  for  months. 

POR  MR.  H.  H.  3UCPH  -  F..S.B.C0. 

12  oarhon  theostata  —  50%  finishod. 

FOR  HR.  It.  H.  HObhARD  (LAB) 

2  Special  recorders  -  finished  Il/l4/l2 
25  "  "  11/12  A2 

FOR  MR.  GRIMES  -  Cold  Plating  Outfit 

6  Steel  PlateB  #l/853  -  25$  finished 
6  Master  Holders  --  50%  "  *  ,  . 

4  Gold  Plating  Haohines  complete  -  75%  finished 

1  Electrical  Vibrato*  --  finished  11/14/12 

2  Gold  Plating  KagnetB  &  Coils  -  finished  11/15/12 

6  Fixtures  for  turning  down  label  cuts*  -  25%  finished 

FOR  MS.  MOORE  -  Disc  Equipment 

5  Mould  Pin  Ejector  Machines  -  started  ll/.l/l2 

2  Sub  Master  Blank  Moulds  -  "  11/2/12 

6  Mould  and  Rise  record  inBpeoting  Machines 

)with  mioroscope)  finished  11/14/12 
21  Centering  and  ejecting  attachments 
one  finished  -  Il/l2/l2 
12  Varnishing  stands  -  started  Il/l3/l2 
1  l)iso  reoord  ejector  attachment  for  printing  presses 
started  Il/l3/l2 


FOR  m.  KAMKSRHOFF  (small  cells ) 

8  Small  cells  jU, 

7  "  "  #1  to  11/707 

5  M-S  "  h  to  15/699  "  " 

2  Small  cells  fl  to  15/702  "  " 

7  "  #1  to  19/694  "  » 

6  "  "  #691  "  •• 

6  Horizontal  oells  #A  to  6/691  finished  Il/l4/l2 

3  Small  oells  #1  to  27/671  "  » 

2  Hlnors  lamps  #72  "  " 

2  "  »  #76  "  " 

6  Containers  and  contacts  "  « 




Referring  to  printed  ellpe 
which  «e  recently  oomeenoed 
putting  in  Blue  Amberol  Record*. 

Messrs.  Dorbeer:  MoOhesney:  Goodwin:  W.Miller:  Ireton:Hird:Hehr, 

The  Legal  Department  Rare  deolded  that  we  fe  no  right 
to  print  the  worde  of  aonga  without  flrat  obtaining  permission 
from  tha  puhliaher  or  copyright  owner.  Mr.  Miller  hae  inter- 
Tlewed  8  of  the  Publishers,  with  the  reault  that  5  of  them 
absolutely  refused  to  allow  ua  to  print  tf  he  worda  and  3  of  them 

It  lias,  therefore,  been  deolded  to  discontinue  Immediately 
the  uae  of  slips  for  toosI  selections  and  to  remove  from  all 
reoorda  now  in  stock  auoh  slips,  until  suoh  time  as  we  can 
obtain  permission  in  writing  from  different  publishers  to  use 
the  words,  or  until  we  oan  get  revised  slips  printed  without 
the  words,  simply  containing  the  name  of  the  selection  and  a 
description  thereof. 

Mr.  Miller  will  immediately  interview  all  publishers  for 
the  purpose  of  obtaining  their  oonaent  to  use  the  words  and 
will  hereafter  advise  the  Advertising  Department  on  the  record 
information  sheets  whether  or  not  we  are  permitted  to  print  the 
words.  ' 

Mr.  MoOhesney  will  also; immediately  look  over  ou  r 
present  list  of  selections  thus  far  issued  and  deoide  whioh 
ones,  if  any,  are  not  copyrighted  or  the  oopyrlght  haw  run  out, 
and  sueh  ones  as  are  not  copyrighted-,  he  will  advise  Mr.  Hehr 
and  slips  oan  be  continued  with  them. 

Briefly  summed  up,  the  Method  to  be  followed  will  be  as 

follows^st;  Ojj  ^  instrumental  selections  we  will  oontinue 
with  printed  slips  as  now  in  effeot,  with  the  except  ion  that  the 
words  "copyrighted  by*  are  to  be  added  with  the  nans  of  the 

Seeond:  On  all  songs  where  we  can  obtain  permission  from 
the  publisher  to  use  the  words  in  printed  form,  we  will  print 
the  words  on  the  slips.  Vhere  permission  oannot  be  obtained 
to  use  the  printed  words,  we  will  still  use  the  slips  giving 
the  nans  of  seleotion,  publisher,  copyrighted  by.  composer, 
and  a  brief  description  of  tbs  {faong,  its  popularity}  *o. 

As  the  Advertising  Dept,  will  neoessarily  have. to  obtain 
information  concerning  eaoh  reoord  as  to  whether  the  words  of 
the  song  oan  be  printed  or  not,  they  will  be  responsible  for 
the  matter  printed  on  the  slips  for  eaoh  different  seleotion. 

llAsA2.  I  O.H. Wilson 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edl»-n:  Holden. 


}£#fepfi  that 

Mr  Thomas  A. Edison; 

West  Orange, H.J.; 

Honored  Sir:-Beforc  me  is  the  advertising  circular , sent1  < 

Batson,  setting  forth  the  merits  of  the  special  I  . 

he  advertises  as  your  latest  improvement , and  of!nnri«j£  *o  gi^Man  ir,-> 
terest^f^free  trial.  I  recently  read  a  description^- yo^^at ^st 
improvement  .written  by  a  reporter  who  had  vieit^^Eur  ^wlcs,  pijd^thes  e 
witnessed  its  workings.  He  claimed  great  improvem^Wn^ttftd.^lf^^t 
talic  sound  having  teen  eliminated. From  its;  descriptiin^jc^wsfe  greatly 
interested, tut  as  I  compare  thdt  with  the  descript ic^fcent  o&t  ty  Lr. 
Bascom-  I  do  not  feel  confident  that  ,'j^is  this  last  ^ov^ment/hat 
he  is  offering,  and  I  am  taking  the  liberty  to  write  you  in  ingtiry  • 
thereto.  X  am  a  teacher  in  a  rural  district, in  Imperial  Co.  Calyf . I 
want  to  raise  funds  for  a  phonograph  for  the  school, if  posBibltf,  and  we 
will  want  the  test, if  it  is  within  the  range  of  possetilities.  Vvhat  ■ 
are  the  prices  of  your  latest  designes.and  the  terms? 

Ky  school  is  to  have  an  entertainment  Thanksgiving  night, 
and  we  are  to  have  the  use  of  a  phonograph  on  that  eft-  that  occasion, 

and  hope  to  start  our  fund  then.  I  would  like  the  information  herein  a 
asked^.  ^hfmore  intelligently  present  the  matter  to  our  patrons  and 

friends.  ^  may  interest  you  to  know  that  my  toys  and  girls  are  great¬ 
ly  interested  in  you  and  your  work.  And  one  of  the  older  toys  is  to 
set  forth  our  material  blessings, and  those,  who  have  taught  the  world 
how  to  use  them, as  a  cause  for  greatest  thanksgiving  on  that  day  of 
good  cheer.  You  are  to!  figure  -most  prominently:  in  his ;citations-for 
rejoicings.  You  are  wielding  great  influence  over  a  vest  army  of  ris¬ 
ing  workers.^  ^  fe<jl  great  thankfulness  if  you  can  take  the  time  to 

I  H.  Broadway,  L^fnge  1  ,*  Oal .  &• 

•r>'  V"  A{P',.yy.:> // 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  , l;  .  <>r  ,•«  *’  .  ; 

Menlo  Park,  N.  J.  ft,**''  /{.^f  .  {A«^.U*S  ’  -  4,f  I 

Dear  Sirs-  Xtf V  - ^ '\s/'  j*>  V". .•■  ^ ' 

pardon  me  for  presuming  to  address  you.  I  wish  tor'cjingrgr- 

ulate  you  on  the  satisfactory  completion  of  one  of  your  many  ta^ks-^tliat 
of  producing  a  perfeot  phonograph.  I  gained  my  inf ormatigriK.row  a 

newspaper  article.  I  hope  to  own  one  of  your  per feote^nacM^es  when 

.they  are  placed  on  the  market.  I  would  be  pleased  to  Ip**  if  ^hp 

Columbia  and  viotor  records  can  be  played  on  your  new  phonograph.  | 

In  this  connection,  I  wish. to  state  that  it  has  seemed  to  me  that 
one  of  the  greatest  deficiencies  of. the  phonograph. is  inability  to  play  a 
piece  two  or  more  fines  successively  without  attention. 

ifith  your  perfected  machine,  requiring  no  change  of  needle,  it  seems  such 
an  improvement  oould  be  worked  out.  It. way  seem  presumptious  on  my 

part  to  suggest  anything  in  this  line. 

I  would  think. that. the  arm,  when  it  reaches. the  point  of  ending,  could  ue 
made  to  press  against  a  trigger  and  thereby  put  in  motion  waohinery  whion 
would  raise  the  arm  a. trifle,  return  it. to. the  point  of  begining  and  lower 
it  gently  onto  the  record.  The  last  movement  would  stop  the  suplement- 

ary  machinery  andat.the  same. time  reset  the  trigger  first  named. 

No  doubt,  Mr.  Edison,  you  oould  work  out  such  an  improvement  very 
easily.  I  would  wish. to  own  a  phonograph  with  such  a  desireable  addition 

In  closing  I  wish. to  give  expression  to  the  hope  that  your  life  may 
be  indefinitely  prolonged,  that  you  may  continue  to  benefit  mankind  with 
the  products  of  your  active  brain  and.  indomitable  will. 

I  subscribe  myself. 

One  of  your  many  admirers. 

Recordsand  Supplies 

of  Edison  Phonographs  Recordsand  Supplies 

34-5  MASS.  AVE.,  _ 


1107001501  Twentieth  q 

'tyAH  U^T!1  , 

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Vltrtx.  8XA  -  ; •  \  ftK*  *«</ 

Dear  Sir:-  ’ . 

you  please  overlook  the  impudence  of 
this  extraordinary  liberty  which  I  am  ^ing^in  addressing  a 
letter' to  you  and  acoept  my  apologies  if  I  am  over: ?T^L  — * 
hounds.  lU  -  W4<  Ua 

I  cannotljiqlp  out  feel  that  in  as  much  as 
I  have  been  devoting  these  many  years  in  making  a  liveiyhood 
out  of  your  products  that  I  have  gained  some  val^a£ie  ®^®^®noe * 

My  effort 8  have  oarried  me  into  many  channels  and  branches  of 
the  phonograph  business  from  which  I  learned  a  great  deal  and 
which  afforded  me  the  “KPoJ^t^fo^a^ul^rtg^^ 

You  wilino  doubt  recall  that  I  am  the  manj 
who  had  the  honor  to  apend\ome  little  time  with  you  thiij  : 4a®^ 
ll1imia-  ▼  am  anf  a  in  t filling  you  that  I  have  spent  in  the  neiKhoor 
hood  of  about  *3000.00  visiting  the  principal  ®“i®®^°"g^®aL®tr 
territory  pumping  pepper  and  enthusiasm  into,  not  only  the  present 
dealer  s^but^large^cono  ems  who  were  contemplating  Placingordtrs 
for  competitive  lines.  I  am  proud  to  say  that  they  trusted  m®/ 
and  believed  enough  in  me  to  wait  until  I  could  convince  them /that 
the  Edison  line  was  the  best  and  only  one  for  them  to  put  in./ 

What  I  am  leading  up  to  now  is  that  while  iou 
have  been  showered  with  praise  and  deserve,  every  ^  °f  “/for  what 
you  have  accomplished  with  your  diBC  machine,  and  while  I  p  e£ad 
to  report  thatall  who  have  heard  it  have  nothing  but  praise  for  it, 
and  concede  that  it  le  the  best  they  have  ever  heard  of  Ui  kind, 
tviwra  is  a  very  great  and  serious  objection  to  the  fact  .that  the 
names  of  the  artists  who  make  the  records  do  not  W®?  iB 

aiTabsenoe  of  the  finer  Conoert  numbers  which  I  positively  know 
must  be  made  and  as  quickly  as  possible  in  ”4«r  T4  of  it^  * 
ments  which  will  be  asked  of  this  new  invention  in  s/ite  of  its 
wonderful  tone  quality  and  durability.  / 

As  a  proof  of  this  I  call  your/ttention  to  two 
well  to  do  people  in  our  city  who  had  withheld  buying  a  Victrola 
until  they  heard  the  Li  so  maohine.  Both  of^rfese  people  considered 

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34-5  MASS.AVE., 

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it  an  education  to  know  who  the  artist  wae.  They  felt  like  unless 
they  did  know  it  would  be  Just  like  going  to  a  theatre  to  see  a 
fine  performance  and  not  know  who  the  performers  were.  Imagine  my 
disappointment  when  this  fact  alone  amounted  to  so  much  that  they 
deliberately  passed  up  buying  an  Edison  Disc  machine  and  told  me 
that  if  I  could  deliver  a  Viotrola  with  a  certain  number  of  very 
fine  Concert  Records,  which  as  you  know  are  made  by  the  Victor 
people,  that  they  would  have  me  deliver  them  at  once.  In  other 
words  Bimply  because  I  could,  give  them  no  assurance  that  the 
artists  who  made  the  records  would  be  known  to  them,  they  decided 
on  an  inferior  machine  and  record  whioh  had  these  advantages. 

I  beg  of  you  Mr.  Edison  not  to  consider  me  a 
"calamity  howler",  on  the  contrary  one  who  has  gone  ahead  in  the 
face  of  defeat  for  the  past  two  years  and  stuck  to  the  game,  as 
your  Mr.  Dolbeer  and  Mr.  Wilson  will  tell  you  and  I  am  simply  making 
a  humble  suggestion  to  you,  that  we  jobbers  who  are  out  in  the 
field  making  our  bread  and  butter  but  of  this  line  should  have 
every  advantage  that  you  can  possibly  give  us  to  introduce  this 
new  line  and  I  think  that  one  cC  the  greatest  helpB  that  we  oould 
possibly  have  would  be  to  immediately  get  a  few  selections  of  the 
best  known  opera  pieces,  such  as  the  "luoia  Sextette",  the  "Bigoletto 
Quartette”  and  a  few  similar  ones  and  you  should  give  the  general 
public  the  advantage  of  knowing  who  the  record  was  made  by. 

Hoping  that  you  will  accept  this  letter  in 
the  spirit  that  it  is  meant,  namely  that  my  heart  is  with  the 
Edison  line  only  and  that  I  mean  simply  to  offer  a  valuable  sugges¬ 
tion  to  aid  the  line  to  the  front  as  quickly  as  possible,  and  thank¬ 
ing  you  for  the  time  you  have  honored  me  with,  I  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 


o.  »„»,  o.  ,>..  ^  ~  ^ 

l  ^  <i«- 

U-^  '  ^°\  (o^  ,ftA 

Thos.  A.  Edison  Phonograph  Co, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Gentlemen:-  '\JBV'  -  t- 

T  have  a  record  which  was  taken  'on  your  business  phonoi"  'J 
graph,  which  I  use  in  my  regular  sermonizing  work,  which  was 
made  by  a  little  son  whom  X  have  Just  lost  through  death, 
and  wish  to  have  it  reproduced  as  the  record  its  self  has  a 
crack  clear  through  it,  but  it  is  still  intact  and  by  being 

held  together  by  a  thread  wound  about  it  can  be  held  on  the 
machine  and  turned,  but  fearing  that  it  will  break  with  much 
use,  I  wish  to  get  a  half  dozen  made  from  it. 

Can  you  reproduce  theis  record  if  I  send  it  to  your 
office?  If  so  please  inform  me  of  how  to  pack  it  for  ship¬ 
ment,  as  you  can  imagine,  I  value  it  very  highly  as  it  is 
the  only  record  of  his  voice  that  we  have. 

Yours  very  truly, 

JyCuA.  c/3^4 


Now  York  Cit 

H.  Wilson. 

General  Tanadar . 

Then.  A.  Erl  is  on,  I  no. 

Orange ,N.J. 

In  Mr.  Hardin's  absence  T  desire  t.o  report,  the  following 
o  at,  TTo.10  Fifth  Aven  e  ;-- 

i'r.Gunlock.  Chicago, Ills.  With,  a  party  of  friends.  Gave  no 
address .  Showed  df sc' machine  and  they  expressed  themselves 
as  very  much  pleased,  I'r.Gunlock  acting  as  spokesman.  Thought, 
it  the"  best,  phonograph  work  yet,  produced. 

H. Lichtenstein.  i?15  West,  SCth.St.  H.Y.  City. 

Expressed  satisfaction  with  disc  machine;  was  reti¬ 
cent  but  stated  the  more  he  h-ard  it  the  more  he  liked  it,  pirn- 
pressed  trs  as  a  dealer  or  salesman  for  machines,  and  seemed 
very  familiar  with  this  class-  of  mechanism. 

Edward  F.  KcGrotty.  Ridgewood.  T-T.J. 

Called  with  another  man  Whose  name  was  not  given, 
in  the  interest,  of  a  Mrs.  W.  R.  Bpelman,  Ridgewood,  H..T.  She 
owns  cylinder  machine;  demonstrated  disc  to  HcGrotty;  very 
enthuiastic;  said  never  heard  music  like  it;  pronounced  it 
"a  cracker jack  instrument";  stated  would  make  a  rood  report 
to  Mrs.  Spelman. 

Kr.Chevrier .  TJ.S.Dist. Court.  Trenton,  N.J. 

- -  Ca1 led  on  invitation  of  Hr. Madison.  Very  much  in¬ 
terested  and  pleased  with  machine;  satisfied  it  was  the  host; 
states  he  will  have  one  within  a  short  timo-posr.ibly  in  three 
months . 

H.  Friedlandor.  C4C  Tiffany  St.  "Tiffany  Arms".  Hew  York  City. 
—  to  at  thig  afl(jre!,a  very  long)  . 

Owns  a  Victrolaj  soon  as  nossible  wants  to  got  rid 
of  Victrola ;  wants  to  buy  an  Edison  disc; thinks  them  wonderful, 
beautiful  tone. 

H.A.Larleo.  6f  West,  IGSnfl.St. 

¥.’crBonson.  Tlfga s tTSO+Jb . St .  Now  York  City. 

-  Very  much  pleased  with  disc  machine ; thought  it  won¬ 
derful  and  the  best  phonograph  work;  suggested  would  call 

Yours  very  truly, 


Chancery  Clerk  s  Office  ,  r' 


Ho  S.1BS  ij^p i  t  ft, 





Hon.  Thoti.  Ti.  ’.iu is  on , 

Orange,  II.  J. 

U'J  Sear  SJr:- 

I  an  not  sure 

that  I  v/ant,  hut  I  an  <roin>*  to  ash  you  any 
tette  of  i.Me  Voices  here  in  out  Tom  and  1 
very  rood  music,  just  to  be  beginners,  and 
your  Kdison  Graphophone  in  Reproducing  soim 
Hi  is on  records,  but  we  seem  to  Inch  some  secret  to  this  art 
as  a  consequonoe  the  voices  are  not  distinct  and  loud  as  on 
of  the  records  imported  here.  Is  this  a  secret  method  by  wh 
these  voices  can  bo  reproduced  loud  and  clear?  and  oai 
if  so  would  you  kindly  tell  roe  what  it  is  •  ad  the  prii 
be  irlnd  to  ray  you.  Is  there  some  lcind  of 
the  records  are  placed  just  after  bein'*  nr 

.y..~  have  a  Nujjr- 

4  j 

IV  talent  on  blnrfc 

y  which 
it  ho  bourht 
,  and  I  will 
solution  through  which 
,  to  harden  thorn? 

I  am  inclosin'*  you  a  stamped  self  addressed  envelope  for 
r0ur  reply,  and  I  wish  to  say  that  we  have  t^o  doaen  blank  records 
initinfr  on  your  reply.  If  I  am  resumin'*  in  writing  you  in  this 
•eyard ,  kindly  excuse  my  ipnoranpe  and  answer  any  way. 


l  L-  Cr-Y  j  f 

The  SiodernHipric^cords Ajjocidion 

Justice  Victor  J.  Dowling 

Gen.  Thos.  H.  Hubbard 

Dr.  William  Milligan  Sloane 

Robert  C.  Ogden 
John  G.  Agar 

Col.  D.  L  Brainard.  U.S.A. 
John  DeWitt  Warner 

Roger  Foster 

William  Marion  Reedy 
JotaPurroy  Mitchel 

Louis  Mansfield  Ogden 
Justin  McGrath 
Geoffrey  Konta 

The  National  Arts  Club .  t4  Gramer ey  TarK 

NewYorkCity  December  2,  1912. 

Mr.  Y/illiam  H.  Ueadowcroft , 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange ,  11  •  J  • 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadoweroft: 

Will  you  please  convey  to  Mr.  Edison  four  great 
appreciation  of  his  courtesy  and  kindness  in  provid¬ 
ing  us  with  such  an  interesting  feature  for  the  pro¬ 
gram  of  our  Annual  Meeting.  Ur.  Hayes  and  his  assist¬ 
ant  fulfilled  their  part  admirably,  and  the  dis¬ 
tinguished  audience  present  was  greatly  interested 
in  the  demonstration  of  the  new  machine  and  in  the 
explanation  of  the  discs  and  their  great  value  to 
our  Association  for  purposes  of  permanent  record. 

As  you  probably  know,  the  discs  which  Mr. Edison 
promised  to  present  to  the  Association  for  its  archives 
have  not  yet  been  delivered.  I  trust  that  you  will 
bear  this  in  mind  and  provide  us  with  them  at  Mr. 
Edison's  convenience)  keeping  in  mind  that,  so  far  as 
it  falls  in  with  his  own  wishes,  we  particularly  desire 
that  these  discs  shall  be  records  of  a  significant  na¬ 
ture  .  I  regret  that  you  could  not  be  present  at  the 
meeting.  I  was  very  rauch  interested  in  what 

^  you  told  me  of  the  action  of  ink  on  certain  parchments 

in  England,  and  I  hope  to  keep  in  touch  with  you. 

Sincerely  yours , 

LmX  ■ 

W\  p*> 


Q-nvi/t,  mn4f)\ 


I  ^  i  ')i  /<■ 



New  York  City.  December  3rd,  1S12. 

Mr.  C. 


H.  ’.Tils on. 

General  Manager. 

Thos.  A.  Edison, Inc. 

Orange,  N.H. 

Sir ;- 

Callers  at  Ko  10  Fifth  Avenue  today 

Hr.  J.  B.  Carruthera.  Kingston.Ont. Canada. 

Demonstrated  the  disc  machine,  the  tone  and 
appearance  of  which  elicited  expressions  of  his 
pleasure  and  approval. 

Mr.  A.  H.  talker.  No. 587  Clinton  St.  Brooklyn. II. Y. 

Demonstrated  the  disc  machine.  Very  much 
pleased  with  tone;  wonderful  reproduction; 

Yours  very  truly. 

I  K.Y.City.  Docramher1  ! 


|i\iernl  I'ansc^r  * 

Thomas  A.  Erl  Iron, Inc. 

Oranco,  H.J. 

’  flallorc  at  Eo.10  Fifth  Avenue 

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Messrs.  Wetzel,  Hird  and  leaning: 

Deo.  6,  1912 

Referring  to  Mr.  Weber's  memorandum  dated 
December  3rd,  concerning  Amberola  V  and  VI,  also  Disc  A60 
and  A80  machines,  I  note  he  states  it  is  only  a  case  of  the 
work  being  closely  followed  up  through  the  Bhops  in  order 
to  bring  these  machines  through  at  the  time  he  mentions. 

You  should  therefore  pay  particular  attention  to  these 
machines  and  the  parts  necessary  therefor,  and  if  any  delay 
does  occur,  bring  the  matter  to  Mr.  Weber's  or  my  attention. 
If  necessary,  a  special  man  should  be  designated  to  follow 
up  this  work. 

CHW/lWW  C.  H.  W. 

(Copy  to  Mr.  Edison) 



JS"  .  .  i-#* 

Mr.  Thomas  A 

Orange.  N.J. 




years  ago,  when  I  v 

Presuming  upon  our  acquaintance  of  many  year_  _„_r  - 

Roosevelt  Organ  Works  and  we  jointly  exhibited,  in  Irving  Hall,  your  phonograph  and 
our  organ  for  Rome,  Italy,  I  write  this  letter  on  a  subject  which  may  interest  you. 

I  have  known  intimately  for  some  20  years  a  French  engineer  of  the  highest 
standing  and  character,  Mr.  touts  Chevrillon,  both  in  this  country  and  France,  we 
both  having  interests  in  Mexico,  though  not  even  remotely  together.  He  has  just 
written  me  from  Mexico  City  in  regard  to  a  candelilla  wax  enterprise,  in  which  he  is 
interested,  and  asked  me  to  submit  their  product  to  your  Company  and,  if  possible, 
obtain  some  data  relating  to  this  country's  consumption  of  the  commodity.  I  am  not 
at  all  acquainted  with  the  wax  industry  and  my  information  all  comes  from  him,  but 
can  be  implicitly  relied  upon. 

I  am  sending  you  a  sample  of  the  wax,  which  will  be  manufactured  in  Mexico  from 
the  candelilla  plant  which  thrives  on  the  plateaux  of  that  country,  and  a  copy  of 
Mr.  Sanders'  analltlcal  report  on  the  product,  both  sent  me  by  Mr.  Chevrillon. 

This  wax  has  the  identical  properties  of  the  Camauba  wax  of  Brazil,  which  your 
Company  probably  uses  extensively,  and  which  Mr.  Chevrillon  tells  me  sells  at  about 
$60.00  (U.S. Currency)  per  kilogram.  In  a  few  months  the  Mexican  Company  expects  to 
reach  an  output  of  between  500  and  1000  kilograms  per  day  and  to  be  able  to  undersell 
the  Camauba  wax. 

If  your  Company  would  be  interested  to  investigate  and  negotiate  for  this  wax 
I  will  be  glad  to  do  all  in  my  power  to  aid  to  that  end,  though  I  am  only  interested 
to  the  extent  of  friendship.  I  would  be  glad  to  call  on  you  on  this  subjeot  if  you 
care  to  give  me  an  appointment. 

Will  you  do  me  the  favor  of  advicing  me  about  what  is  the  annual  consumption  of 
such  wax  by  your  Companies  and,  if  possible,  what  you  would  guess  as  the  annual  con¬ 
sumption  for  the  United  States,  including  phonograph  records,  varnishes,  shoe  polishes, 
manifolding  supplies,  insulation  purposes,  oto. 

soon  hear  from  you  and  that  it  may  result  in  our  meeting  again. 
Yours  very  truly. 

I  hope  that  I  may 



I  have  examined  a  sample  of  crude  candelllJa  wax  .which  was  submitted 
to  me  for  analysis, and  beg  to  report  as  follov/a;- 
Oonoral  characters? 

The  ait  mile  was  a  specimen  of  unbleached  wax,  of  a 
ohocolnto-brown  colour, hardt  and  brittle 

Water . C,16/i 

Extraneous  matter . 2,16/5 

Wax . 97.66,5 


The  extraneous  matter  was  found  to  consist  of  earthy  natter, mixed  with 
some  plant  tiosuo  and  bits  of  bark. 

The  wax  on  examination  was  found  to  conform  to  the  composition  of  a 
natural  unbloaohod  contained  no  added  rosin, such  as  is  some¬ 
times  /found  as  an  adulterant  of  commercial  gavo  a  positive  reuc 
tion  with  the  liebormann-Storch  reaction  as  all  natural  unbleached  oande 
lilla  waxes  do, but  as  in  the  caso  of  the  latter  was  found  to  consist  of 
hydrocarbons  (principally  Hontriaoontano)higher  alcohols  and  derivatives 
of  those, its  constants  wore: 

Density  at  15°  C  0.985 
Melting  point  72’. 0  0 

Solidifying  point  66’. 5  0 
Iodine  value  15.8  >5 

Saponification  value  45.89 


Signod : 

J.  Mo.  Connell  Sanders 

Mr.  Edison: 

The  following  masters  and  samples  of  disc  records  were 
delivered  to  Wurth,  via  Colt’s  Express,  during  week  of  December 
2nd  to  7 th,  1912. 




Masters  Samples 

TROVATORE —  The  vows  we  plighted 

C.  W.  Harrison  2 

GIOCONDA-- Daughter  Thy  Step 

Kimball,  Spencer  &  Chalmers  2 

TROVATORE — Home  to  our  Mountains 

Spencer  &  Anthony  3 

SAMSON  AND  DALILA — My  heart  at  thy  voice 
Eliz.  Spencer  -  -  -  2 



2030  T0SCA-- Love  and  Muslo 

0  Agnes  Kimball 





TROVATORE — At  thy  mercy  T 

Spencer  and  Anthony  ------  0 

TROVATORE - Oh  Joy  he's  saved 

Kimball  &  Chalmers  -----  3 



onxX  MIGNON— Dost  thou  know  that  land 

E.  Spencer  - 


W.  H.  Miller 


(Copy  to  Mr.  Edison) 

Mr.  Dodd: 

Dec.  11,  1012* 
Confiiming  our  talk  this  morning  1  understand  you 
bavo  now  refined  23,969  lbs.  of  2-minute  reoord  wax,  from 
whioh  you  have  recovered  13,168  lbs.  of  material  (Stesrio  and 
Ceresin)  whioh  oan  be  UBed  in  making  Dictating  Maohine  Blanks 
and  2-minute  Blanks  such  aB  used  by  the  X.C.S.,  and  that 
this  material  is  worth  to  us,  after  deducting  oost  of  refin¬ 
ing,  eto.,  7  2/3  per  lb.,  or  equivalent  to  4  l/5  per  lb. 
for  the  old  2-minute  reoord  wax. 

It  would  seem  to  be  profitable  to  continue  this  pro- 
ooss ,  but  the  demand  for  the  blanks  for  whioh  the  material  oan 
be  used  is  so  small  that  the  quantity  thus  far  refined  would 
last  us  about  two  yearB,  and  as  we  have  at  least  600,000  lbs. 
of  the  2-minute  scrap  wax  or  old  records  on  hand,  some  other 
use  must  bo  found  for  it. 

As  at  present  refined,  it  oannot  be  used  for  the 
Master  reoord  wax,  but  in  view  of  your  statement  that  by  fur¬ 
ther  refining  there  is  a  possibility  that  it  oan  be  used, 
you  will  please  continue  with  your  experiments  and  ascertain 
definitely  whether  or  not  it  oan,  und  adviBe  me  as  to  results. 

If  it  oannot  be  used  for  Muster  reoord  blanks,  wo 
will  endeavor  to  dispose  of  it  in  itB  present  condition,  by 
simply  molting  it  up  and  molding  it  in  Bquares,  but  so  far 
we  have  been  unable  tc  got  an  offer  of  more  than  1^  a  lb. 
for  it  in  this  shape,  and  although  we  are  still  looking  for' 
additional  markets  and  a  better  price,  we  may  not  be  able  to 
obtain  them. 

Pleas#  go  ahead  with  this  refining  for  the  Master 

reoord  blank  experiment  ae  rapidly  as  possible. 

CHW/IWW  °*  H<  W* 

(Cppy  to  pseming  and  Re df earn) 

/ l'l/U~C4 / 

3  aw  7ca  jxu'uiJiMUj 

diabi<.ra,xn,J^h  Hu  Tnuim'tJfoWh 

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Hem.  H-mas  et'i'Wf  A'litfi aJEie-i 
M\  T ~t‘:  77Tk  mi w; 


Scientific  ^Vivie rican 


yiuiitf  &  co. 


e^Lwrf  *JL*+>*~*  12th,  1912. 

un.  <wr  <£««*«**  “* 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  3squire,  ']  .  ~(f* 

Orange,  Ilew  Jersey  ^  CtvC! 

Dear  Dr.  Edison:-^  AtZS&'^f  &'t^K  O^******' 

To  you,  as  President  of  Thomas  A.  _ t 

Edison,  Ino.  and  consequently  vitally  interested  in  th 
development  of  your  business  from  a  financial  as  well  qjs 
from  an  inventor's  standpoint,  I  submit  the  following:  ''"'s 

The  text  natter  presented  to  the  Seienj^ 
tifio  American  subscribers  carries  with  it  the  firm  cofr- 
viotion  of  our  highly  efficient  Editorial  Staff  that  Lb 
will  be  read  with  real  interest.  Of  oourse,  such  is  t\e 
belief  of  every  reputable  publisher. 

iVhen  we  devote  page  after  page  to  the 
inventions  of  Thomas  A.  Edison  there  is,  then,  only  one 
reason  for  our  doing  so,  that  is,  to  retain  our  readers’ 
full  interest.  It  is  certain  that  Scientific  American 
has  devoted  much  more  spaoe  to  your  inventions  and  products 
than  has  any  other  journal  having  a  general  circulation. 

Granting  this.  Scientific  American  ought  to  be  one  of  the 
very  best  advertising  mediums  for  you  to  use;  for  surely 
it  is  an  eoonomic  plan  to  advertise  to  the  ran  who  is 
positively  predisposed  toward  a  given  product. 

While  you  have  shown  me  a  record  of  un¬ 
filled  orders  for  the  3torage  Battery  which  rakes  it  Boem 
inadvisable  to  go  after  additional  business  at  the  present 
time,  yet  advertising  from  an  insurance  standpoint  is  a 
thought  ever  present  in  the  minds  of  many  advertisers  who 
are  in  exaatly  the  same  position  that  you  are  in. 

The  Edison  Business  Phonograph  would  un¬ 
questionably  appeal  to  a  large  majority  of  our  readers  as 
a  glance  at  the  enclosed  analysis  of  our  circulation  will 

vho  have 

Ksw  York  City.  December  12th,191I 

I'r.  C.  E.;- 

Thoas.  A.  Edin-n.Inc. 

Orange,  K.J. 

ing  Hiss.  Babbott. 

.  Thompsi 

rolled  today,  represent- 

•  She  thinks  our  tons  is  the  finest  she  has 
ever  hoard,  and  states  that  it  is  a  peat  satisfaction 
+  „  fpsT  the  surra  tv  of  the  tone,  which  one  door,  by  lis¬ 
tening  to  th^  discs.  Hiss •  Babbott  is  looking  for  a 
nhonorraph  as  a  gift  for  Christmas,  and  wants  k  it, 
about  S75. 00  or  JlOO.OO.  Che  seemed  interested  in  the 
f GO. CO "machine  and  the  $125.00  cabinet. 

She  makes  the  statement  that  her  Victor 
does  not  do  the  scratching  that  ours  does.  She  seemed 
to  desire  to  bring  it  up,  and  did  so  after  each  disc 
rendition.  I  handled  It  as  successfully  as  I  could 
-n  “e  realises  that  I  ’./as  showing  to  her  discs  which 
••‘e  bnl  used  here  under  difficult  conditions,  street 
dust  and' different  handlings  etc. ,  I  took  this  line 
with  her  and  it  seemed  to  satisfy  her. 

She  is  to  report  to  Kiss 
lot  us  know  later  what  Hit''  be  done. 

Babbott  and  to 


Kr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  : 

Dear  Sir: 

Deckb^mh,  QtZ.  f 

^  iA...  £,.  - 

th  pptf-'1'  (  j 

,&&nger  usedy#"  \ 

I  have  your  favor  of  the  llth 

I  was  aware  that  wax  wa^ltt^nger  used|#T  \  '"if 
making  the  disk  records  hut  wa I  under  the  impr  -  \  f  = 
sion  that  it  was  still  used  for  the  reof  on  the 

Commercial  Dictation  machine.  \l/ j  £'t'*r 

However,  what  I  thought  would  interest  y\u 
most'  was  its  extensive  for  insulating  in  the  large 
amount  of  that  work  which  your  electrical 
must  do.  In  that  connection  a  lower  price  than  the 
present  market,  for  an  equally  good  product  with 
assured  deliveries,  would  certainly  lasult  in  a 

ject  and  the  probable  saving  that  would  result? 


19  Cut  ch  eon 

Reynolds,  Richards  &.  Is 
Attorneys  and  Counsel< 



yYork  December  13,  1912 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey 
Dear  Sir: 

fatnt.e.  of  Jo^n  0.  McCutcheon.  Our 
client,  the  Estate  of  John  C.  KcCutcheon,  ' 
thirty-six  shares  of  the  Eorth  American  Phol 
graph  Company.  Upon  mating  inquiry  in  New  York 
concerning  this  Company  we  were  informed  that 
you  are  a  large  stockholder,  "ill  you  kindly 
inform  us  what  the  names  and  addresses  of  the 
officers  of  this  corporation  are. 

Thanking  you  in  advance,  we  remain 
Very  truly  yours 

Mr.  Be df earn: 

Deo.  10,  1912. 

Bep lying  to  your  memorandum  of  the  10th,  ad¬ 
vising  that  Mr.  Xreton  had  an  inquiry  concerning  a  repro¬ 
ducer  or  some  other  means  by  which  wax  records  cun  be  used 
on  Amberole  and  other  stationery  arm  types  of  machines,  then 
are  only  two  ways  by  which  this  can  be  done:  One  is  for 

them  to  buy  a  new  Model  "1"  reproducer,  which  was  used  at 
one  time  for  playing  the  soft  records;  the  other,  to  devise 
some  means  whereby  the  Diamond  Beproducers  can  be  used  for 
this  purpose,  and  concerning  the  latter.  Hr.  Hutchison  ad¬ 
vises  he  is  now  working  on  a  device  of  this  kifad  along 
Mr.  Edison's  ideas  and  hopes  to  make  tests  with  it  within 
the  next  few  days.  If  it  works  out  satisfactorily,  we  can 
doubtless  arrange  to  supply  them  for  the  purpose  required; 
if  it  does  not,  then  the  only  thing  to  do  is  to  resort  to 
the  Model  "I". 

I  would  hold  up  answering  all  ineuiries  of  this 
nature  for  a  few  days  at  least,  or  until  we  hear  further 
from  Mr*  Hutohison  concerning  it. 
chw/htw  C.  H.  Vf. 

(Copies  to  Messrs.  Dolbeer,  Ireton  and  Hird) 

Yrui'«  ».'I7  + 

Xr.  Eolboer: 

Ur.  Hope  ban  already  reported  on  hie  demonstration  at 
the  residence  of  Hr..S.  L.  Howe,  the  general  manager  of  Marshall 
Field  t  Co.  Retail.  In  a  conversation  with  Hr.  Howe  the  following 
morning ,  the  latter  expressed  considerable  disappointment  concern¬ 
ing  the  surface  of  the  records,  but  said  he  was  convinced  that  HH. 
Edison  would  be  able  to  correct  this  trouble.  He  promised  to  get 
a  Victrola  and  put  it  in  the  same  room  alongside  of  our  instrument 
and  compare  them.  When  he  does  this.  I  think  that  he  will  have 
less  to  say  about  the  surface  noises  on  our  records. 

One  of  Marshall  Field’s  people  is  criticising  our 
cabinets.  This  criticism  does  not  strike  me  as  being  a  valid 
one  and  apparently  Mr.  Howe  does  not  attach  much  importance  to  it. 

Mr.  Howe  says  that  ho  is  not  yet  ready  to  give  us 
his  opinion  of  our  new  phonograph,  and  will  net  be  until  he  has 
had  it  in  his  house  for  two  or  three  weeks.  He  says  that  he  ex¬ 
pects  to  invite  a  good  many  of  his  friends  to  hear  the  instrument 
and  X  have  no  doubt  that  their  opinions  will  influence  him  con¬ 

It  must  be  confessed  that  he  does  not  manifest  a  great 
degree  of  enthusiasm.  However,  he  is  so  well  schooled  as  a  business 
man  that  you  could  hardly  expect  him  to  show  enthusiasm  over  an  . 
article  for  which  he  expected  to  later  attempt  ^negotiate  on  the 
most  favorable  terms. 


C.  0.  to  Messrs.  Edison, 

Wilson  and  Goodwin. 

^ 19  • 

Hossrs.  Weber,  Hehr,  Tfaphagen,  Waterman,  Weizel,  Deeming,  IJiokel, 

,  Honan,  Hird:  1 

Referring  to  Engineering  Department  notice  Ho.  1940, 
dated  Deo.  18th,  wherein  instructions  are  given  that  diamond  repro¬ 
ducer  points  for  Cylinder  reproducers  are  to  he  shaped  at  an  angle 
of  50°  instead  of  60°  as  heretofore,  the  following  method  of  pro¬ 
duction  should  be  followed: 

Such  points  as  Traphagen  has  in  his  department  in  various 
stages  of  completion  have  been  roughed  out  to  the  60°  angle  and 
consequently  hill  have  to  be  finished  up  at  that  angle,  and  can 
be  used  for  Cylinder  as  well  as  Disc  reproducers  until  such  time 
as  the  50°  stones  commence  to  come  through,  after  which  all  stones 
roughed  out  for  60°  should  be  completed  and  held  in  stock  for 
Disc  reproducers  only,  and  those  which  are  then  brought  through 
at  the  50°  angle  should  be  used  for  the  Cylinder  reproducers. 

Beginning  immediately.  Hr.  Hehr  should  rough  out  75$  of 
the  stones  at  50°  angle  and  25$  at  60°,  and  Traphagen  should  fin¬ 
ish  them  up  in  the  seme  proportion.  This  will  necessitate 
Traphagen's  changing  over  a  sufficient  number  of  his  grinding 
machines  to  bring  through  75$  of  the  stones  at  the  50°  angle. 

As  we  have  a  large  quantity  of  the  rejected  stones  on 
hand  which  cannot  be  used  for  the  60°  angle  but  can  be  used  for 
the  50°,  Hehr  should  immediately  start  work  on  them  and  hereafter 
from  all  new  lots  of  stones  received  he  should  utilize  the  larger  ones 
for  the  60°  angle  points  and  those  of  the  smaller  size  for  the  50° 
angle  points. 

In  making  out  his  weekly  reports,  Wetzel  should  hereafter 
designate  the  quantity  of  50°  stones  finished  or  in  process  and  also 


the  quantity  of  60°,  as  it  will  perhaps  become  necessary  a  little 
later  on  to  change  the  proportions  above  indicated. 

i'raphagen  will  have  to  arrange  in  some  way  to  keep  the 
stones  of  the  two  different  angles  separated,  so  that  the  50°  angle 
stones  will  not  get  in  the  60°  angle  holders. 

If  this  matter  is  not  thoroughly  understood,  please  see 


CIH7/IVA7  C.  H.  Yf. 

Deo.  19,  1912* 

t.  Mr.  Edison's  Weirs  t.  red...  cur  trer.l- 

!„  sales  «*  ««««.  ■**»  “  rl“0  “ 

s.l,.«.»  on  .  oooporatiro  Basis,  tbs  pi»  «U  »•  « 

,111  lavs  to  Be  .orbed  <mt  M*  *»  •"»  "’“'S’1  f”  W  7° * 

personally^  ^  „„opor«tlvs  plsn  is  to  B.  .1th 

,1«  Edison  Jobber.  end  only  snob  on.s  si  tB.»  a.  «»  no.  hssdlo 
otBor  line,  of  Boots.  If  «  tbs  plsn  .orb.  sell,  it  .«  B. 

tabon  «P  1th  those  Beilin*  otb.r  line.  W»  »  «■“»  * 

2.  Wherever  possible  and  agreeable,  our  salesmen  are 
to  he  turned  over  to  the  jobbers  and  become  the  cooperative  men. 
Where  jobbers  want  to  select  their  cm  man.  such  man  must  be  satis- 

faotory  to  a.  -  — *  "*»  —  * 

Erpense  to  fastory  and  r.tnm,  also  •«"»>»••  -tlJ*  *°  ** 

equally  divided  between  jobber  and  us. 

3.  cooperative  salesmen  to  render  to  us  copies  of  all 

orders,  reports,  letters  and  expense  accounts  sent  to  jobber.  ’ 

4.  We  regular  salesmen  of  the  jobber  to  be  discontinued 

because  of  the  addition  of  cooperative  salesman. 

6.  in  addition  to  cooperative  salesman,  jobber  must 
employ  a  suffioient  number  of  other  salesmen,  at  his  own  expense, 
to  properly  worh  and  attend  to  the  practically  exclusive  territory 
whioh  we  allow  him. 

6.  oooperBtlTS  selasmsn  1.  to  .orb  «»  Bb.n.Bxepb  B..1- 
nsss  only.  Should  tbs  Jobber  .snt  him  to  .orb  sn  other  lino,  or 
not  lo.ots  blB  ebtiro  .»  to  Pbsn.Br.pb  Bnslns..,  .  spooi.l  «- 


rangement  will  have  to  he  made  whereby  the  share  of  expense  we 
are  to  stand  will  he  less  than  one-half. 

7.  Worked  on  the  linos  above  indicated,  wo  will  stand 
one-half  cooperative  salesman's  salary  and  expenses  and  Jobber 
will  stand  one-half;  advance  expense  money  to  he  supplied  by  job¬ 
ber;  jobber  to  render  us  weekly  a  statement  of  total  expenses  and 
salary  of  cooperative  salesman  ana  with  Bamn  Bend  us  a  bill  for 
one-half  the  amount  shown  thereon.  Our  one-half  will  then  be 
paid  by  rendering  oredit  to  the  jobber  or  Bonding  him  a  oheok, 
whichever  way  oan  be  most  satisfactorily  arranged  by  you. 

8.  In  addition  to  suoh  cooperative  salesmen  ns  we 
have  in  the  field,  you  should  pick  from  four  to  eight,  as  re¬ 
quirements  may  seem  to  demand,  good  field  men  and  assign  to  eaoh 
one  a  oertain  territory  over  which  he  iB  to  have  supervision, 

the  dutieB  of  suoh  field  men  to  be  to  oall  on  jobbers  and  dealers 
to  see  that  they  are  carrying  sufficient  stock  to  give  us  suitable 
representation;  that  the  jobbers’  salesmen  aro  properly  working 
their  territory;  instruct  jobbers  and  dealers  how  the^r  stook, 
exhibition  rooms,  window  displays,  eto. ,  should  be  arranged; 
instruot  jobbers'  salesmen  how  to  handle  their  trade;  to  aot  as 
our  direot  representatives  with  both  jobber  and  dealer;  and  to 
see  that  our  interests  are  being  properly  taken  care  of. 

HOTF.:-  It  is  barely  possible  that  later  on  a  oorpB 
of  four  to  eight  well  qualified  repair  men  will  alBO  be  sent  out 
by  us  on  a  cooperative  baBis,  working  somewhat  along  the  same 
linos  as  cooperative  salesmen,  but  we  to  stand  their  salary  and 
the  Jobber  or  dealer  with  whom  they  are  working  from  time  to  time 
to  stand  their  expenses,  and  this  is  a  matter  you  should  disouss 
with  the  different  jobbers  when  taking  up  with  them  the  oooperative 


salesmen  proposition.  I  do  not  see  how,  with  the  repair  men,  we 
could  otand  one-half  of  tho  salary  and  expenses  and  the  ,] other  the 
other  half,  for  tho  reason  that  they  would  probably  bo  oonstontly 
on  tho  move  from  one  Jobber  or  dealor  to  the  next,  and  it  would 
thorofore  be  irapre.otioable ,  if  not  impossible,  to  work  a  division 
of  the  expenses  in  the  eamo  manner  v/e  would  with  tho  cooperative 
salesmen,  who  will  remain  permanently  with  one  Jobber. 

She  matter  of  arranging  for  $he  cooperative  salesmen 
should  be  proceeded  with  as  rapidly  an  you  can  arrange  to  soo  the 
different  Jobbers  and  take  it  up  with  them  personally. 

CHBr/lSW  0.  H.  Vf. 


(CSpioo  to  Messrs.  Edison,  Maxwell,  Goodwin) 


P.  R.  Relncke.  GP4S  Rldfte  Boulevard. 

Bay  Rldfte.  M.Y. 

Han  owned  Edison cylinder  and  Victorsleft  both  in 
Germany; wanted  to  buy  either  Edison  "Amberol  or  Victor; 
says  now  it  is  an  Edison  disc jstatos ;; "You  hare  the  Victor 
beaten  hollow". 

Yours  very  truly, 

VWuor-ta,  curs — 

H.  Wilson. 

General  Manager . 

Callers  at  Ko.10  Fifth  Avenue  today. 

Mr. J. J. Comer.  Automatic  Fnunclator  .Company . 

“  f!o.511  The  Rookery.  Chicago  ,111s  . 

■Phev  furnish  reproductions -music ,  news  ,inarkets 
etc-over" a  phone  system;has  been  using  Victor  re¬ 
cords-  finds  our  machine  far  and  greatly  ahead  of 
Victor  in  tone  purity ; regards  the  disc  machine  as 
"wonderful"; says  his  company  in  the  future  will 
use  enormous  quantities  of  records;  he,  or  a  t.r. 
Russell,  *  6  Wall  Street,  who  has  the  business  end 
of'  the  company  expects  to  call  at  Orange  in  the 
near  future  to  take  up  the  matter  with  the  Company. 

.  Henri  G.  Chatain. 

Has  had  Victor  and  Pathe  machines ; considers 
ours  "vastly  superior"to  anything  he  has  seen; 
his  repeated  phrase  was  "marvellous  ;says  in  near 


Yours  very  truly, 

Ur.  Wetsel 
Hr,  Wat or Kan 
Hr,  Huns on 
Hr,  Petrowits 

Hr.  Hitcholl 
Hr,  P.  Driscole 
Hr.  Pills 

Hr .  T .  Devine 
Hr.  Riley 
Hr.  Davies 

Please  note  that  the  Disc  cabinet,  Louis  VI  design,  owing 
to  the  front  poet  projecting  over  the  body  of  the  cabinet,  leaves 
the  space  for  the  motor  the  same  sine  as  the  A-200  type  and  the 
first  sample  machines  which  have  been  sent  to  me  Boston  Exhibition 
wore  fitted  with  a  single  barrel  motor,  "his  machine,  being  sold 
at  a  higher  price  than  the  A-200,  must  have  the  best  motor  and  there¬ 
fore  those  machines  must  have  the  same  col 
machines  which  are  sold  at  a  higher  price, 

the  A-250  and  all  other 

Arrange  to  equip  all  of  these  oabinetn  with  the  A-250  motor, 
being  made  "’ith  two  spring'  barrels ,  and  having  oiling  device. 

She  cabinet  will  not  tamo  the  other  parts  which  go  with  the 
A-250  cabinet  and  it  -is  therefore  necessary  to  uso  the  A-200  support¬ 
ing  bracket  and  the  A-2C0  swinging  horn,  and  an  entirely  new  special 
friction  rail. 

\7e  have  just  fitted  up  a  complete  machine  which  is  to  bo 
shippod  to  Pranlc  3.  Waite,  Wore  outer,  Hass.,  in  place  of  the  ^250 
machine  which  Hr.  Waite  purchased  at  mo  Boston  Exhibl —on  a^to 
which  he  objects  now.  for  the  reason  that  the  cabins „  is  not  ,*t,toa 
up  with  the  highost  priced  motor. 




to  nosers.  Kird,  Tiedfcam,  Dolbocr 

Mr.  Wetzel: 

Deo.  27,  1912. 

Hereafter  all  Disc  Diamond  Reproducers  are  to  have 
the  ivory  button  attached  to  diaphragm  by  three  pins  similar  to  the 
way  they  were  fastened  on  some  samples  reoently  submitted  to  Mr. 
Edison  and  whioh  he  has  now  approved. 

All  reproducers  in  stock  Bhould  be  ohanged  over  so  that 
the  ivory  button  is  fastened  on  with  three  pins. 

Bee  that  such  people  as  are  interested,  other  than  those 
to  whom  I  have  sent  oopies,  receive  proper  instructions  concerning 
this  matter. 

CHW/IWW  0. 

(Copies  to  Messrs.  Hird,  Waterman, 

C.  jiji'filson. 

nerreral  Manager. 

K. Y. City.  December  27th, 1912, 

Callors  at  No.  10  Fifth  Avenue  today; — 

I'r.  II.  Traeger.  Stapleton.  S.I. 

( By  appointment  with  Mr .Silverman) 

Qualified  as  dealer. 

Mr.  George  YT.  Sylvester. 

'  No. 554  74th, Street. 

Brooklyn, N.  Y. 

Owns  an  Edison  cylinder  machino;was  con¬ 
nected  with  Phonograph  business  for  eighteen 
years ;delighted  with  machine  (disc)jsays-  You 
have  the  Victor  beat  a  thousand  miles";  "Never 
knew  a  phonograph  could  play  such  music" jwill 
give  order  later  to  Eckels, Brooklyn, N.Y. 

Yours  very  truly 


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Mev/  York  City.  Docomber  30th, 1912. 

Hr.  C.  H.  Wilson. 

General  Manager. 

Callers  at  Ho. 10  Fifth  Avenue. 

Dec  ember  ,20th ,  191_. ^  Hammo  nd .  127  Hanhattan  St.H.Y.  City. 

Also  Hr  .“Eliot.  Dame  address.  (Invitation). 

Very  much  pleased  v/ith  everything  done  by  the  machine 
1,'rc .  J.  H.Ceballos.  777  Hadir.on.Avo.  M.  Y.  City. 

( Invitation)  .'  Very  much  pleased  v/ith  tone  repro¬ 
duction  and  general  work  of  the  machine. 

Hiss.  Florence  Short.  15G  West  IQGth.otrect.t. Y. City . 
Hr s.G.S. Kramer ,  Same  addresi  ( Invitation) . 

Delighted  with* everything  the  instrument  does; "never 
1  such  music  on  a  phonograph" ; "the  finest  discs  we  eve 

December  30th. 1912.  . . . 

- ~  ‘  Mr. James  Gaunt.  Metropolitan  Club.  H. Y. City. 

( Invitation!! 

Pleased  with  the  work  of  the  machine; regrets  we  do 
not  have  the  operatic  artists  furnished  by  Victor; 

Mr.  VT.  Nettor.  258  vTest  55t,h. Street.  H. Y.Citjv;. 

7/as  pleased  with  everything  he  hea7d  evidently  hi. 
was  absolutely  non-committal. 

Alfred  IT.  Aarons*  S  Maiden  Lane,  N.  l.Qi/ty* 

(Brought  in  by  A.  J. Kurtz.  Hewark,!'.  J. ) 

Was  very  much  pleased  with  machine, tone, mechanism 
etc.;  stated  '"As  good  as  the  Victor  in  all  respects  | 
"Better  than  the  Victor  in  a  ,"OOd  many  respects  .  Edison 
discs  "far  superior  to  Victor  . 

Yours  very  truly, 

Me 8 sxB •  Wetsel,  Waterman,  Hird,  learning:  Beo*  2®«  1918*r 

Beginning  at  the  earlieat  possible  moment  and  until  fa¬ 
ther  advised.  Phonographs  of  different  types  and  models  should  be 
brought  through  from  start  to  finish  according  to  the  following 

(Jem:  200  As  rapidly  as  possible,  to  fill  present  shipping  orders, 

-  and  then  25  per  week. 

160  per  day,  or  900  per  week* 

100  per  day ,  or  600  per  week  j 
20  per  day,  or  120  per  week. 

6  per  week- 

40  per  week  (16  Oak;  26  Mahogany) 

Amberola  1: 

13  per  week  (8  Mahogany;  3  Golden  Oak;  1  Weathered 
Oak;  1  Fumed  Oak). 

Amberola  III:  40  per  week  (26  Mahogany;  8  Golden  Oak;  3  Weathered 
■  — -  Oak;  4  Fumed  Oak). 

Amberola  7:  100  per  day  (70  Htfcogany;  30  Oak). 

Amberola  VI:  200  per  day  (140  Mahogany;  60  Oak). 

Standard  Phonographs  Equipped  for 
Language  Study  Outfitsj_ 

60  per  week- 

SnhoM.  Outfits:  26  Per  week. 

•nm-hetw  Machines:  126  per  week  (20  D.O.;  100  A.P.O.;  5  S. 

flbeviTig  Machines:  30  per  week. 

Biso  A-60:  100  per  day  (60  Mahogany;  50  Golden  Oak). 

100  per  day  (66  Mahogany;  36  Golden  Oak). 

3  Oak  in  different 

Diso  A-80: 
Pi so  A-160: 

100  per  day  (80  Mahogany; 
finishes  required). 

100  per  day  (76  Mahogany;  26  Oak  in  different 
finishes  required). 

60  per  day  (40  Mahogany;  10  Oak  in  different 
finishes  required. 

Blue  A-gOO : 

Piso  A-260: 

Of  the  A-60  and  A-80  typeB  there  are  a  few  required  in 

finishes  other  than  mahogany  or  golden  oak,  hut  as  these  two  finishes 
represent  the  hulk  of  shipping  orders  on  hand,  they  Bhould  he  gotten 
out  at  the  rate  specified  until  present  shipping  orders  are  filled, 
after  which  the  special  finishes  oan  he  brought  through. 

finished  parts  for  all  machines  should  he  looked  into  im¬ 
mediately,  and  where  it  is  found  there  is  a  quantity  on  hand  suffi¬ 
cient  to  complete  more  maohineB  than  sohedule  oalls  for,  work  should 
he  discontinued  on  such  parts  until  the  point  is  reached  where  it  is 
neoeesary  to  resume,  and  then  they  Bhould  he  brought  through  only 
in  sufficient  quantities  to  keep  up  to  the  required  schedule.  Shese 
same  remarks  will  apply  to  oabinets. 

While  it  will,  of  oourse,  he  impossible  to  oomplete  machines 
according  to  this  sohedule  at  onoe,  the  quantities  oalled  for  should 
he  worked  up  to  as  rapidly  as  possible,  and  with  that  end  in  view 
a  night  foroe  of  all  such  departments  as  oannot  bring  through  the 
required  quantity  during  the  day  should  he  organised  immediately. 

Co-operation  will  he  the  key  to  suooesB  in  the  oarrying  out 
of  this  sohedule  and  the  work  oonneoted  therewith-  Everybody  inter¬ 
ested  should  therefore  put  their  shoulders  to  the  wheel  and  do  every¬ 
thing  in  their  power  both  in  the  way  of  oo-operation  with  and  assist¬ 
ance  to  other  department  foremen,  supervisors,  inspectors,  production 
olorks  for  the  purpose  of  seeing  what  oen  be  done  in  the  leaBt  possi¬ 
ble  spaoe  of  time. 

CHff/lWW  0*  H.  Wilson. 

(Copies  to  Hr. 

and  Mr.  Eolbeer) 



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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Phonograph  -  General  (E-12-64) 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  Committee  Minutes 


Ire sent:  Messrs.  Dyer,  Wilson,  Berggren,  Water,  Dolbeer, 

MoChesney,  Stevens. 


Mr.  Dyer  presented  a  letter  from  the  Columbia 
Phonograph  Co.  in  whioh  they  wished  to  secure  our  permission 
for  EdiBon  jobbers  to  handle  their  diso  goods  where  they  are 
dissatisfied  with  the  (Victor  Co.  for  any  reason,  but  it  was  agreed 
that  nothing  should  be  done  in  the  matter. 


General  business  oonditions  were  discussed  in 
view  of  Mr.  Dyer's  return  after  a  months  absence,  but  no  action 
v/as  taken  requiring  a  record  thereof. 

There  being  no  further  business  the  meeting 



THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  INC  ;RI-ORATED ,  HELD  PEB.  7  ,  1912. 

Present:  Messrs.  Dyer,  Wilson,  Berggren,  Weber,  Dolbeer, 

MoOhosney,  Stevens. 


The  matter  of  placing  orders  for  a  number  of 
the  $200  and  §150  type  of  cabinets  was  discussed,  and 
although  the  finished  designs  were  considered  handsome, 
they  do  not  represent  any  pure  type  of  furniture.  Sever¬ 
al  designs  of  cabinets  were  submitted,  some  of  which  the 
entire  Committee  considered  better  than  anything  heretofore 
designed.  Before  deciding  to  place  a  further  order  for 
oabinets  we  will  wait  until  modifications  of  the  designs 
we  had  intended  ordering  are  submitted  for  examination, 
with  the  intention  of  using  the  lumber  already  ordered  for 
the  new  types,  if  accepted. 


We  have  sold  1234  Opera  machines  in  the  two  months 
this  machine  has  been  on  the  market,  the  re-orders  indioating 
that  this  is  going  to  be  a  popular  machine.  We  have  been 
plaoing  manufacturing  orders  for  600  lots  heretofore,  but 
it  was  decided  to  now  place  a  manufacturing  order  for  1000, 
all  with  mahogany  oabinets,  using  the  oak  oabinets  already 
arranged  for  where  demanded. 

There  being  no  further  business  the  meeting  adjourned. 


THOMAS  A.  EDXSOH ,  IHCOHl.  ORATED ,  HELD  AIRI1  11,  1912* 

pro  sent:  Messrs.  Dyor,  Wilson,  Berggren,  V/eber,  Dolbeor, 

MoCheBney  end  S tokens. 


A  memorandum  was  submitted  from  Mr.  Goodwin  as 
Chairman  of  tho  Reoord  Committee  advocating  that  the  first 
list  of  Blue  Amberol  records  shall  consist  of,  say  126 
selections,  all  entirely  new,  so  as  not  to  duplicate  any 
of  the  present  wax  records  in  the  hands  of  the  trade, 
giving  as  a  reason  that  this  duplication  would  curtail  uhe 
possibility  of  the  trade  getting  rid  of  their  present  stocks 
of  such  records  as  may  be  listed.  149  selections  have 
been  aooepted  as  usable  in  the  Blue  Amberol  list. 

The  concensus  of  opinion  of  the  Committee  was 
that  it  would  bo  advisable  to^start  with  selections  from 
the  old  list,  principally  because  the  Recording  Department 
would  be  unable  to  get  out  126  new  selections  in  ti  ie  for 
tho  requirements,  and  also  because  should  we  liBt  126  now 
selections  the  trade  would  have  to  stock  up  on  them  and 
also  continue  to  handle  all  of  their  old  selections  in  the 
regular  Amberol.  By  taking  selections  from  the  old  list. 
Jobbers  will,  of  course,  have  to  order  them,  but  they  will 
probably  not  order  any  additional  ones  of  the  same  selec¬ 
tions  in  the  regular  jgmberol,  jn  the  case  of  tho  Amberol 
reoords  we  started  out  with  a  liBt  of  60  seleotionB,  and 


and  it  was  thought  that  it  would  hojSar ^  the  now  Blue  Amberol 
with  a  liBt  of,  say  100  selections  taken  from  the  old  list, 
ub  soon  as  possible,  and  then  drop  the  manufacture  of  the 
present  Amberol  reoords  unless  oallod  for,  and  get  out  in 
their  place  the  full  monthly  supplement  of  24  selootions 
in  the  Blue  Amberol  in  future;  also  inoreaBe  the  list  of 
Blue  Amberol  hy  putting  out  from  time  to  time  an  additional 
list  of,  Bay  50  selections  taken  from  our  old  list,  the 
same  as  was  done  with  the  first  Amborols.  The  Recording 
Department  is  now  working  on  records  for  the  August  list 
of  Amberols,  so  that  the  first  Blue  Amberol  supplement 
cannot  he  gotten  out  until  September  or  October,  even  if 
it  is  deoided  that  we  will  be  ready  to  change  ovor  by  that 

So  far  as  the  old  Amberol  record  stookB  are  con¬ 
cerned,  Hr.  Wilson  Baid  that  the  fine  thing  to  do  would  be 
for  ub  to  clean  up  their  stocks  of  wax  Amberol  reoordB 
and  substitute  the  Blue  Amberol  in  their  place,  so  that 
their  whole  stocks  would  be  new.  Hr.  I,lc Che sney  Baid  that 
we  will  not  get  the  business  back  without  doing  something 
heroio  and  expensive.  It  was  suggested  that  when  we 
deoide  on  tho  list  of  100  selections  we  expoot  to  make  up, 
we  might  advise  the  trade  so  that  they  will  reduce  their 
stocks,  and  then  when  we  are  ready  to  come  out  with  the 
new  reoordB,  ascertain  how  many  they  have  in  Btook,  and 
if  their  stooks  are  low  make  an  exohange  of  these  100, 
then  from  time  to  time  make  additional  exohanges.  Mr. 


Llr.  Dolboer  thought  it  might  not  he  well  to  advise  them  too 
far  ahead,  hut  it  was  pointed  out  that  the  sample  records 
are  sent  out  sixty  days  in  advance  each  month,  so  that 
they  are  hound  to  know  that  far  ahead.  Everything  con¬ 
sidered,  it  was  the  conoenBus  of  opinion  that  it  would  he 
better  to  notify  them  in  ndvanoe  so  that  their  stocks  may 
he  reduced.  Mr.  Dyer  suggested  that  v;e  might  handle  the 
Amberol  record  situation  the  same  as  he  proposed  for  the 
2-minute  reoords— that  is,  permit  them  to  sell  these  at 
any  price  and  allow  them  credit  tho  same  as  if  returned. 

Ihis  v/as  opposed  on  the  ground  that  we  will  still  have  a 
4-minute  reoord,  although  in  the  Blue  .Amberol  type.  Mr. 
Dyer  then  asked  what  would  happen  if  the  law  should  he 
changed,  as  may  he  done,  and  all  restrictions  removed. 

Mr.  Wilson  thought  that  in  that  case  our  best  Jobbers  and 
dealers  would  go  out  of  the  business,  because  the  prioeB 
would  ho  so  cut  as  to  make  it  unprofitable  for  them. 

It  was  deoided  that  this  question  of  the  Blue 
Amberol  reoords  should  not  ho  passed  upon  now  as  a  separate 
proposition  hut  that  tho  situation  as  a  whole  must  ho  taken 
up  and  considered  and  a  definite  plan  covering  every  phase 
of  it  worked  out  and  agreed  upon. 


Mr.  Weber  submitted  a  new  deBign  cylinder  phono¬ 
graph  mechanism  having  a  stationary  mandrel,  ohain  of  gears, 
entirely  new  swivel  arrangement  for  horn,  and  which  windB 
without  noise.  This  machine  wbb  approved  by  the  Committee 


In  preference  to  the  one  submitted  last  week,  ub  it  operates 
very  satisfactorily  and  is  cheaper  to  construct.  Mr. 

Weber  is  to  complete  the  model,  plaoe  it  in  a  cabinet  and 
again  submit  to  the  Committee. 


Mr.  Dolbeer  brought  up  this  matter  and  Ilr. 

Wilson  stated  that  everything  possible  iB  being  done 
by  everyone  connected  with  it  and  it  is  being  followed  up 
oloBely  all  the  time.  In  this  connection,  Mr.  Wilson  said 
that  if  our  jobbers  go  back  on  us,  we  ought  to  be  in  a  posi¬ 
tion  to  open  up  our  own  stores,  and  that  after  our  disc 
goods  are  once  on  the  market  and  known  there  will  be  no 
difficulty  in  getting  all  the  jobbers  we  want. 

Mr.  Dyer  said  that  at  the  present  time  we  ought 
to  go  Just  aB  lightly  with  our  advertising  as  possible, 
for  the  reason  that  it  is  not  as  effective  now  as  it  will 
be  when  the  disc  is  ready  for  the  market,  which  Mr. 
MoChesney  wjgroed  with. 

There  being  no  further  business  the  meeting  ad¬ 




Present:  Messrs-  Dyer.  Wilson,  Berggren,  Weber.  Dolbeer. 

MoChosney  ana  Stevens- 


Mr.  Dolboor  in  a  memorandum  recommended  that  we 
secure  three  or  four  records  of  Hr.  Roosevelt,  two  of  Governor 
Wilson  and  two  of  Champ  Clark,  not  because  of  any  anticipated 
heavy  sale  but  because  their  appearance  would  be  timely  if 
Setten  out  before  the  Conventions.  We  already  have  some  of 
Hr.  Taft.  At  the  time  Ur.  Roosevelt  was  approached  before, 
he  was  President,  but  Mr.  Durand  thinks  he  could  interest 
him  at  this  time,  and  is  also  in  a  position  to  approach 
Governor  Wilson,  through  the  use  of  Rotation  machines  in 
his  office,  and  Hr.  Clark  throuSh  Mr.  MoGreal,  who  is  a 
Clark  delegate.  Shis  plan  was  unanimously  approved,  the 
records  to  bo  gotten  out  as  soon  as  possible  as  a  special 

llBt>  _  Mr-  Wilson  and  Mr.  Durand  saw  Mr.  Edison 

inter  regarding  this  and  he  said  not  to  take  them,  because 
the  results  would  be  the  same  as  with  the  Taft  and  Bryan 
reoords— that  is,  we  might  get  fairly  large  orders  for 
them  from  the  trade  but  later  on  would  have  to  take  them 
back  because  the  publio  would  not  buy  them.  He  did  think, 
however,  that  it  would  be  a  good  idea  to  get  some  of  the 
Roosevelt  records,  if  possible,  as  they  would  no  doubt  be 



constant  sellers  booause  of  his  popularity  and  prominenoe 
regardless  of  politlos. 


Mr.  Wilson  read  a  letter  from  Rudolph  Yfurlitzer 
reoommending  that  we  establish  a  bureau  similar  to  that  of 
the  Victor  Co.  for  the  transfer  of  ovorstookB  of  particular 
selections  from  one  jobber  to  another.  Ur.  Dolbeer  Bald 
that  he  had  investigated  thiB  matter  some  time  ago  and  had 
f ou.  d  that  while  in  Borne  cases  it  worked  out  very  well,  in 
other  oases  it  was  not  satisfactory,  as  one  jobber  would 
try  to  work  off  records  that  had  been  used  and  were  not  fit 
to  put  in  stook.  He  said  he  had  tried  to  arrange  a  system 
by  which  jobbers  in  one  city  could  exchange  their  overstocks, 
but  without  -Buocoss.  Ho  also  said  that  the  Ball-Fintze  Co. , 
our  jobbers  in  Hewark,  Ohio,  had  tried  to  soil  their  over¬ 
stocks  to  other  jobbers  at  Ibbs  than  factory  prioes,  but 
could  not  do  so.  Inasmuch  as  our  reoordB  are  more  fragile 
than  the  diso  it  would  be  more  difficult  for  us  to  handle 
a  proposition  of  this  kind  and  there  would  alwayB  be  dis¬ 
putes.  It  was  decided  that  we  will  not  establish  Buoh 
a  bureau  at  this  time  but  later  on  will  endeavor  to  evolve 
a  scheme  for  handling  this  matter.  Mr.  Dolbeer  is  to 
write  Wurlitzer  accordingly. 


Mr.  Dolbeer  brought  up  the  subject  of  £ -minute 
reoordB  and  the  idea  of  getting  rid  of  them  in  connection 


with  a  cheap  machine.  Mr.  Wilson  said  Mr.  Edison  had  told 
him  they  might  ho  Bold  at  26^  oaoh  hut  would  not  consider  a 
reduction  of  the  4-minute  reoords  for  the  present.  It 
was  the  concensus  of  opinion  that  the  public  would  not  huy 
them  at  26/5  each  in  sufficient  Quantities  to  relieve  the 
situation.  Hr.  Dyer  did  not  think  it  was  necessary  to  do 
anything  about  this  until  the  Blue  Amberol  record  is  ready 
to  put  out,  and  Mr.  MoChesney  thought  that  at  that  time 
it  could  ho  used  in  some  way  as  a  lover  to  induce  them  to 
put  in  a  stock  of  the  new  reoords.  Hr-  MoChesney  also  made 
the  suggestion  that  in  trying  to  sell  their  stocks  of 
2-minute  records  they  would  he  taking  their  attention  and 
effort*  from  the  sale  of  more  profitable  stocks,  which  would 
reaot  on  us.  Mr-  Dolbeer  Bald  that  we  want  to  keep  in 
mind  the  fact  that  later  on  we  will  have  the  wax  Amberol 
reoords  to  get  rid  of  so  that  it  might  he  well  to  get  the 
2-minute  records  out  of  the  way  first.  She  wax  Amberol 
reoords  cannot  he  used  on  machines  sold  for  the  Blue  Amberol 
record  because  of  the  heavy  weight  used  in  the  reproducer. 
OJhiB  subject  was  only  discussed  generally  as  above  and 
is  to  ho  taken  up  for  definite  aotion  as  a  whole  later. 


Mr.  Weber  stated  that  the  Department  of  Labor  are 
getting  very  strict  in  their  requirements  and  a  State  law 
has  recently  been  passed  requiring  a  6"  pipe  for  emery  wheels 
where  a  3"  pipe  was  formerly  used.  This  means  that  our 
whole  system  of  piping  and  exhaust  blowers  for  taking  the 


dust  from  the  polishing  wheels  will  have  to  he  replaced,  at 
a  cost  running  from,  say  §6,000  to  §6,600.  Mr.  Weher  said, 
however,  that  he  is  planning  to  arrange  this  system  of  pip¬ 
ing  in  another  way  so  as  to  reduce  the  expense  considerably 
and  at  the  same  time  have  it  adapted  for  any  additions  that 
may  he  needed  in  the  future. This  will  he  submitted  as  soon 
as  it  can  he  worked  out. 

Fire  drills  are  now  also  compulsory,  and  this 
Mr,  Weber  will  take  care  of. 

sample  oaim  of  distinctive  toes 

The  sketohes  furnished  some  time  ago  by  the 
Sales  and  Advertising  Committee,  showing  expensive  oahinets 
in  the  style  of  Louis  XT,  Louis  XTI,  Jaoohean  and  Chippen¬ 
dale,  were  discussed.  fheBe  are  the  oabinetB  recommended 
by  the  SaleB  and  Advertising  Committee  to  be  made  up  for 
display  purposes  in  stores,  particularly.  Mr.  Dyer  said 
that  these  cabinets  should  be  gotten  out  by  Mr.  Rubino,  and 
Mr*  Weber  said  that  just  ub  soon  aB  he  got  straightened  out 
a  little  with  his  othor  work  he  could  go  ahead  and  muke 
up  these  samples.  Mr.  MoChesney  suggested  having  them 
made  outside.  Mr.  Weber  will  look  into  it  and  see  what 
oan  be  aone  here.  The  Victor  Co.  have  some  very  high  olass 
oabinets,  the  machines  running  as  high  in  prioe  aB  §700. 


Mr.  WilBon  submitted  a  report  from  Hird  showing 
that  26  maohineB  arc  completed  and  ready  for  Btook  and  that 


tho  tools  for  this  .machine  will  he  completed  within  two 
weeks.  The  Instruction  Book  was  delivered  to  the 
Advertising  Department  April  12th.  Everything  is  coming 
along  nioely  and  no  delay  is  anticipated,  although  the 
cartons  for  the  recording  Blanks  have  Been  held  up  until 
Mr.  Edison  has  posed  for  a  new  picture,  the  previous  elec¬ 
trotype  of  >Hi7i  Being  discontinued  Because  it  was  copyrighted 
By  the  photographer. 


Mr.  Wilson  submitted  report  from  Wetzel,  showing 
that  there  are  664  complete  machines  and  202  mechanisms  less 
lighting  equipment  and  minor  parts  on  hand.  Machines  are 
Being,  assembled  at  the  rate  of  60  machines  p|r  day,  which 
will  Be  increased,  and  By  the  22nd  inst.  praotically  all 
of  the  parts  for  the  firBt  shop  order  will  Be  in  the  finished 
stock  room,  the  Arc  lump  Being  given  preference  to  the  Herns t 
and  Aoetylene. 


Mr.  Wilson  submitted  report  from  Wetzel  indicating 
that  good  progress  is  Being  made  with  these  maohlneB. 

12  A-l  have  Been  thoroughly  teBtea  out  and  are  ready  for 
cabinets  and  88  are  practically  finished.  Everything  is 
Being  done  to  push  this  work  forward. 

As  to  Diso  Reproducers  A-l  2  and  3,  the  parts  for 
these  are  ooming  through  in  good  quantities  ana  By  the  end 
of  the  week  we  will  have  200  oomplete  speakers  on  hand. 


Mr.  Iraphagen  iB  going  a  little  slowly  with  the  diamond 
arms  and  points  until  he  is  sure  the  operation  works  out 
oorreotly.  He  is  finishing  70  now  and  130  more  will  he 
finished  on  the  25th.  After  that  the  produotion  will  he 

100  Disc  Ho.  3  oahinots  will  he  finished  hy  May 
11th;  95  Diso  Ho.  2  will  he  finished  hy  May  4th,  and  Mr. 

Buhino  has  started  on  100  Amber o la  Ho.  3  type.  Shis  is 
in  addition  to  the  cabinets  for  the  firBt  100  Amberola 
Ho.  3,  on  whioh  Wetzel  reports  that  both  the  machines  and 
cabinets  are  praotioally  completed,  the  only  thing  holding 
them  up  being  the  horns.  26  of  these  horns  have  been  receiv¬ 
ed  and  they  will  come  along  at  the  rate  of  25  per  day.  Sohall 
can  finish  them  up  in  about  one  week. 

There  being  no  further  business  the  meeting  ad¬ 



Present:  Messrs.  Dyer,  Wilson,  Berggren,  Dolbeer, 

MoChesney,  Stevens. 


The  matter  of  putting  out  aeveral  new  types  of 
Cylinder  and  Djjpo  machine  a  was  discussed,  with  the  following 

It  waa  deoided  that  we  will  put  out  an  Amherola  V 

Concealed  Horn  Cylinder  Machine,  to  he  listed  at  $80  and 

an  Amherola  VI  to  he  listed  at  $60;  also  actable  cabinet 
Disc  Maohine  with  the  same  meohanism  bb  in  the  A60  metal-cabi¬ 
net  machine,  to  he  listed  at  $80  and  known  as  Model  A80,  and 
a  wooden  cabinet  curved  leg  DIbc  Machine  containing  the  same 
meohanism  as  the  A60  metal-cabinet  maohine  to  be  fisted  at 
$100  and  known  as  Model  A100.  Because  of  the  probable  effect 
this  latter  maohine  will  have  on  the  Bale  of  the  A150  DiBO 
and  the  fact  that  we  have  3,000  of  the  A168  on  manufacturing 
order  and  about  1,000  on  shipping  order,  the  A100  maohine  will 
not  be  announced  to  the  trade  until  orders  for  the  A160  have 
been  filled  and  we  have  been  able  to  accumulate  a  sufficient 
stock  of  the  A100  to  take  oare  of  first  ordera. 

On  the  A80  Diao  maohine  it  was  deoided  to  put  through 
a  manufacturing  order  for  6,000  oabineta  and  to  use  A60  mechan¬ 
isms,  for  which  manufacturing  order  has  already  been  issued. 

On  the  A100  Disc  it'  was  deoided  to  issue  manufactur¬ 
ing  order  for  3,000  oabinets,  the  mechanisms  to  be  token 


from  those  already  on  manufacturing  order  for  the  A60. 


Ihe  phonograph  used  with  the  School  outfit  is  an 
Opera,  the  name  of  which  machine  has  recently  been  changed  to 
"Concert" .  She  matter  of  leaving  off  the  name-plate  when 
the  machine  is  used  with  thiB  outfit  was  disoussed,  and  it 
was  decided  that  a  name-plate  hearing  the  new  name  "Concert" 
should  he  substituted  for  the  old  one. 

The  meeting  was  then  adjourned. 


l*IKU5i'.3  Oif  ili'.KBIi!',}  OF  SHK-  KXKCUflVB  G0UU1SZKE  OF 
THOUaS  A.  KDI50H,  iHGOlhiOSASKD,  HKJ»  S8W5.  9,  1918. 

Present:  sioBora.  Dyer,  Wilson,  Weber,  Dolbeer,  HoOhenney 

77  iind  Stevens. 


iloonra.  Jinxwoll,  Goodwin  end  Iroton  alao  attondod 

BLUE  tel  HKCOKDS.  IBS  cmiigKK  i'H0H0GB.'-PH3 

It  was  decided  that  it  woe  of  the  utmoet  importance 

to  supply  Blue  Araberol  Koooras  to  take  the 

her  list  of  wax  Ariberol  records  which  had-  ho  on  -fcunoudwa  ac 
after  the  October  list.  It  waa  found  to  ho 
iiapoBBihlo  to  put  out  the  complete  firot  list  of  110  Bluo 
Araberol  rooords  in  time  to  moke  ohipmonts  during  Ootohor 
and  it  wbb  therefore  daoided  to  ieauo  a  firut  list  of  50 
regular  records  and  5  Concert  records,  to  he  followed  one 
month  later  *vrith  a  similar  list. 

By  putting  out  a  first  list  of  55  Blue  Aaborol  records 
Hr.  Thilpot  figures  that  lie  oan  turn  out  4,000  of  each  of  the 
55  diforont  aelcotiona  hy  October  15th,  tills  being  tho  dato  on 
which  the  laat  Bhlpaent  of  advnnoe  orders  of  this  lint  would 

It  was  also  decided  us  follows: 

(1)  fhat  ho  ginning  Ootohor  1st  all  Cylinder  machines 
except  Sea,  Fireside  and  Standard  -  and  these  if  erdersd  at 
extra  price  -  he  equipped  with  tho  diamond  Beproduoor.  «M» 
Oem,  Fireside  and  Standard  are  not  apeoifiad  on  orders  to  he 


eguippod  with  t}ja  Manond  reproducer  they  are  to  bo  aeaipred 
with  the  Sfe).‘fM.ra  roprobuoor;  that  jobbers  he  p*<j;u.outed  to 
goaa  in  tholr  edvanae  orders  for  records  from  tho  list  of  CG, 
wltioh^will  ho  furniBlie A  them  liars  diu  holy,  and  also  for  machines 
with  diamond  point  reprnducnro,  to  he  shipped  shout  October  lot. 

fj}>  *hat  wo  sond  to  eaoh  jobber  between  Sejite/nhor 
16th  and  20th  throe  Blue  Amborol  ra  cordis  and  one  Diamond  Ee- 
produoer  by  McpxeBB,  so  that  they  oou  hour  results  obtained, 
end  at  that  time  request  thorn  to  send  An  additional  ordure 
for  records  and  machine  8. 

(3)  fhut  on  October  1st  till  naohiiwn  tire  to  ho 
4-ninute  typo  only  end  no  Recorders  aro  to  ho  included  -with 
«M  outfit. 

(4)  Shot  wo  advise  the  trade  that  extra  Diamond 
iioproduoora  und  Combination  Attnohnonta  inolttdlng  UmsttA 
Beprodnoora  will  ho  ready  for  ohipaont  during  Ootohor,  and 
rogue  fit  orders  for  them. 

(6)  fhnt  t3»  new  reoord  e-vciuraeo  allowanooe 
apply  on  both  p-.irohn&eo  of  m&ohinoB  and  records,  os  decided 
at  mooting  hold  aono  tine  ago,  »  ho  put  in  effeot  October  lot, 
and  4m'  take  offeot  on  ell  reoord  and  machine  ohipmenta  after 

that  date.  ' 

(6)  Shat  wo  discontinue  exchange  allowanooo  on  old 
reproducers  after  October  lot. 

(7)  That  beginning  liovesiher  lat  wo  permit  jobbers 
and  dealers  to  soil  8-aUntfco  and  4-ninute  Menton  Wax  records 



(0)  That  in  printed  or  advertising  mutter  to  the 
trade  concerning  above  subjects  they  bo  advised  that  following 
tho  aorkoting  of  the  Blue  Arnheml  moor  to  waft  our  preaorrt  typoo 
of  Cylinder  jaachinea  with  i'deaond  Kopmftuoorfl  will  oeso  two 
new  Concealed  Horn  Cylinder  auchineu  eaniypod  with  almond 
reproducers  and  the  Mho  eiaohittee  and  record#. 

(3)  ffihftfc  beginning  October  lot’,  when  the  Gen, 
riroaifie  tad  Standard  are  chungod  over  to  d-nimto  aaohineo 
only,  on  adopt  the  ~odel  H  reproducer  ue  the  atonderd  typo 
to  bo  vusod  where  Diamond  reprotooer  e^iipraont  ia  not  ordered. 

There  being  no  further  businena  the  moving 




Present:  MesBrs.  Dyer,  Wilson,  Berggren,  Weber,  Dolbeer, 

MoChesney  ana  Stevens. 

Mr.  Maxwell  was  also  present. 


The  matter  of  supplying  10  Special  Blue  Amberol 
Eeoords  ana  Attachments  with  Diamona  B  Reproauoers  at  a 
special  price  was  aisoussea.  This  has  proved  to  he  an 
effective  way  of  getting  the  4-minute  attachments  plaoea 
on  2-minute  machines  in  the  past.  It  was  aeoiaea  that 
until  we  are  in  a  position  to  supply  the  aemand  for 
Diamona  reproducers  on  machines  ana  as  extras  we  will  not 
make  any  attempt  to  put  out  the  Special  Seconds  and  At¬ 
tachment  so  equipped,  hut  will  do  so  just  as  soon  as  we  can 
supply  them. 


We  have  only  about  fourteen  weeks  Bupply  of  Fire¬ 
side  machines  now  on  manufacturing  order,  and  it  was  there¬ 
fore  aeoided  to  isBue  a  new  shop  order  for  6,000  immedi¬ 


The  matter  was  discussed  of  enclosing  in  each 
record  shipped  out  a  slip  containing  remarks  concerning  the 

of  the  record  and  reference  to  other  similar 

seleotion,  words 


reooras  that  are  for  sale.  It  was  agreed  that  this  is  a 
good  plan,  and  as  Mr.  Edison  has  approved  it,  it  was  deoiaea 
to  make  arrangements  at  onoe  to  put  it  in  operation. 

The  sample  submitted  was  printed  on  one  side,  ana 
Hr.  Iyer  suggested  that  it  might  make  a  better  appearance 
and  be  more  easily  handled  if  it  was  in  the  form  of  a  small 
folder.  She  majority  were  in  favor  of  the  folder  and  it 
was  aeoiaed  to  have  it  put  out  in  that  form,  provided  it 
was  found  feasible  and  the  cost  not  much  more. 


The  matter  of  putting  out  Disc  Record  Albums  with 
the  A- 150  Disc  machine  without  extra  charge  was  discussed. 
Mr.  Bolbeer  urged  that  we  supply  this  model  complete  with 
record  albums  to  fill  in  the  space  occupied  by  arawerB  in 
the  other  cabinets.  The  cost  of  the  albums  is  50^  each 
and  it  will  accommodate  six  of  them.  This  is  considered 
all  the  more  necessary  beoause  the  Viotor  maohineB  are  so 
equipped,  some  types  having  as  many  as  14  albums.  It  was 
decided  that  if  the  price  will  stand  it  we  will  inolude 
these  albums  at  no  extra  cost  with  the  Model  A-160  machine. 

The  meeting  then  adjourned. 


007  13  1912 

SHOW AS  A.  EDI SOU,  XBC. ,  HELD  OCTOBER  10.  1918. 

Irooont:  Jlossrs.  Dyer,  Wiloon,  Bergeron,  HoChcsnoy,  StovenB. 

Messrs-  Maxwell,  Goodwin  said  Ireton  wore  also  present. 


The  matter  was  aiBouBsed  of  supplying  tho  Blue 
Amborol  reoords  for  London,  Berlin  and  Baris  offiooa,  and  it 
was  deoided  to  odviao  thorn  that  wo  will  make  up  the  February 
list  in  Blue  Araboxol  reoords  for  them,  and^Mr.  stovons  should 
arrange  correspondingly  for  Australia. 

GRAB  13  01-ERA  KK00RP3: 

The  Reoord  Committee  has  selootod  a  liat  of  76  Grand 
Opera  rooords  from  those  whioh  have  heretofore  been  laid  adldo 
and  not  listod  but  for  whioh  master  molds  havo  been  made.  Hr. 
Goodwin  stated  that  the  suggested  plan  was  to  get  out  a  cata¬ 
logue  in  whioh  all  of  those  reoords  are  announced  but  only  16 
of  whioh  will  be  shipped  eaoh  month;  price  to  be  76/1  llBt. 

Mr.  HoChesnoy  said  that  in  the  light  of  previous  experience) 
ho  thought  it  would  not  pay  to  list  those  Grand  Opera  rooords- 
It  was  pointed  out  that  inasmuch  aa  theso  records  have  already 
boon  reoorded  (so  that  thore  will  be  no  cost  for  talent)  and 
master  molds  made,  the  cost  of  producing  these  will  bo  voxy 
low;  and  with  the  hard  record  and  diamond  reproducer  the 


reproduction  will  be  very  muoh  'bettor  than  with  fowior  Grand 
Opera  reoor&a  listed  hy  us.  It  was  also  argued  that  there 
would  be  a  certain  advertising  value  in  listing  theoo  Grand 
Opera  reoords  and  the  fact  that  we  have  suoh  a  list  to  offor 
would  be  of  advantage  in  selling  machines ,  even  though  no 
profit  were  made  on  the  reoords  themselves,  and  besides  this 
the  records  can  be  used  to  advantage  by  the  Foreign  Depart¬ 
ment  in  Datin-Amorioan  countries.  It  was  deoidod  to  got 
out  these  76  Grand  Opera  reoords  in  the  Blue  Amberol  at  the 
rate  of  16  a  month,  beginning  with  the  January  list,  eithor 
a  monthly  supplement  or  complete  catalogue  to  bo  issued, 
cb  determined  by  the  .Advertising  Committee. 


The  matter  of  making  in  Blue  Amberol  reoords  the 
Gorman,  Mexican  and  other  foreign  selections  listed  in  our 
domostio  catalogues  for  the  United  States  trade  was  dis¬ 
cussed  ,  and  it  was  decided  to  have  the  host  of  thoBe  made 
over.  The  Record  Committee  will  moke  up  a  list  of  the  best 
sollers  and  submit  it  to  the  Executive  Committee  at.  the  next 
mooting,  an&  it  will  then  be  decided  when  wo  will  begin 
listing  them. 

She  meeting  then  adjourned. 


THOMAS  A.  EDISOH,  IBO.  ,  HEED  OCTOBER  24,  1912. 


Messrs.  Dyer,  WilBon,  Berggren,  Weber,  tl 
MoCheeney  and  Stevens. 


Mr*  Dolbeer  brought  up  the  matter  of  sjdvertising  the 
Blue  Amherol  reoords  and  both  he  and  Mr.  MoOhesney  urged  that 
we  Btaouia  advertise  them  strongly  for  the  next  three  months 

at  least,  as,  although  the  jobbers  ana  dealers  are  plaoing  orders 
for  all  we  can  supply  at  the  present  time,  this  aoes  not  mean 
that  the  publio  have  had  the  new  product  brought  to  their  atten¬ 
tion  in  any  way,  and,  not  knowing  about  them,  will  not  buy. 

After  some  aisouBBion  it  was  deoiled  to  refer  thiB  matter  to 
the  Sales  &  Advertising  Committee  with  the  request  that  they 
submit  their  recommendations  to  the  Exeoutive  Committee  at 
their  next  meeting  for  their  decision. 


Babson  Bros,  have  urged  us  to  Bupply  them  with  the 
Fireside  Machine  in  a  speoial  eabinet  like  the  sample  submitted 
by  them,  which  they  aeeire  to  adopt  and  puBh  this  season.  To 
Furnish  a  specially  designed  cabinet  to  Babson  Bros,  exclusively 
would  not  be  fair  to  our  other  Jobbers  and  dealers,  nor  would 
our  margin  of  profit  permit  of  our  doing  this;  furthermore,  we 
would  not  oare  to  undertake  this  speoial  work  when  we  are  so 

maohlnes  already  catalogued  for  thiB  season’s  busi- 

busy  on  our 


nees.  It  was  therefore  decided  to  decline  to  supply  the  Fire- 
eide  machine  except  in  the  regular  cabinet,  and  Mr.  Wileon  will 
write  them  aooordingly- 

She  Gem  Phonograph  will  not  play  a  whole  reeord  with 
the  diamond  reproducer  on  account  of  its  weight,  and  in  riew  of 
that  faot  it  was  decided  to  use  a  Model  "H"  reproducer  (which 
1B  for  4-minute  records  only)  as  a  part  of  the  Gem  equipment- 

Where  maohines  now  out  equipped  for  playing  the 
Amhorol  records  are  changed  over  to  the  diamond  reproducer  and 
special  am  for  playing  the  Blue  Amberol  records  this  renders 
them  unsuitable  for  the  regular  Amberol  records  unless  the  old 
arm  is  replaced  on  the  machine  to  accommodate  the  old  reproducer. 
In  order  to  overcome  this  disadvantage,  it  was  deoided  that  we 
will  get  out  an  adaptor  ring  to  be  plaoed  in  the  diamond  repro¬ 
ducer  am.  so  that  the  old  style  small  diaphragm  reproducer  oan 
be  placed  in  the  same  am.  these  adaptor  rings  to  be  sold  as  an 



Inasmuch  as  the  diamond  reproducer  will  out  the  wax 
records  used  in  home  recording,  it  will  be  necessary  to  supply 
e  reproducer  with  the  Home  Heoording  Outfit  when  Bold  with  the 
new  machines.  It  was  therefor,  decided  to  adopt  the  "B»  repro- 
duoer  for  thiB  purpose,  prices  to  be  as  follows: 




SI.  60 





The  following  prices  for  the  Diso  Beoord  Album  when 
sold  as  an  extra  were  decided  upon: 

Jobber,  BO i 

Sealer ,  604 

list,  75/>. 


We  have  already  ordered  1,000  of  these  Cylinder  Eeoord 
Albums  on  instructions  of  Hr.  Edison  at  a  ooBt  of  $1.00  eaoh. 

If  after  introducing  this  the  demand  is  sufficient  to  warrant 
our  purchasing  them  in  lots  of  6,000,  the  price  will  be  70jf  eaoh, 
and  in  lots  of  10,000,  66/i  eaoh.  It  was  therefore  deoided  to 
make  the  following  prioes  for  this  Album: 

Jobber,  #1.86 

Dealer,  1.60 

list,  2.00. 

These  prices  will  not  give  ub  any  profit  whatever  on 
the  first  1,000,  but  will  give  us  a  profit  on  future  lotB  if  ord¬ 
ered  in  the  larger  quantities.  if  the  demand  is  not  going  to 
be  sufficient  to  warrant  our  purchasing  them  in  the  larger  quan¬ 
tities,  it  will  hardly  pay  us  to  handle  them  at  all. 


Mr.  Stevens  stated  that  at  the  present  time  we  listed 
614  Standard  and  163  Amberol  records  in  our  Mexican  catalogue. 

The  sale  of  these  reoorde  is  not  confined  to  Mexloo,  but  they 
are  used  in  all  Spanish  speaking  countries.  The  total  sales  to 
January  1,  1918,  of  8-minute  Mexican  records,  were  1,102,414. 

Our  sales  for  1911  were  69,790,  and  for  a  little  more  than  nine 
months  of  this  present  year,  44,406. 


YJlisn  advised  that  we  had  discontinued  the  manufacture 
of  Standard,  2-minute  reoorda,  Viotor  Weiskopf  &  Co.,  of  Mexico 
City,  our  distributors  for  the  Hepublio  of  Mexioo,  urged  us 
very  strongly  to  make  over  these  2-minute  record*  in  the  Blue 
type,  pointing  out  to  us  that  on  aooount  of  our  not  continuing 
to  supply  the  present  wax  records  and  not  issuing  any  farther 
lists,  they  would  find  it  very  difficult  to  dispose  of  their 
present  stook  of  2-minute  wax  reoords.  In  addition  to  their 
present  stock  of  2-minute  and  4-minute  records  which  they  have 
bought  and  paid  for.  they  have  a  stock  of  149,496  reoords  which 
were  left  in  Mexico  City  on  consignment  when  we  closed  our 
Mexican  office  nearly  two  years  ago.  A  large  part  of  these 
reoords  are  out-out  selections  and  7.360  are  Amberol  reoords. 
Since  leaving  these  consignment  records  with  them,  they  have  dis¬ 
posed  of  22,294  Standard  and  963  Amboxol  reoords,  leaving  the 
consignment  stock  of  Standard  records  at  127,202.  and  the  Amberol 
reoords  at  6,207.  She  highest  number  of  any  one  2-minate  reoord 
sold  is  11,106,  and  the  highest  number  of  one  title  sold  for  the 
nine  months  of  this  year  is  366.  In  urging  us  to  supply  the 
Blue  type  2-minute  records.  Messrs.  Victor  Weiskopf  &  Co.  stated 
that  they  would  then  he  able  to  notify  the  trade  that  they  were 
plaoing  on  the  market  a  new  product,  and  this  would  give  them 
an  opportunity  of  reducing  the  list  price  of  the  Standard  oon- 
Bignaent  reeords,  and  also  the  stock  of  Standard  and  Amberol 
record,  whioh  they  have  paid  for.  *h.J  also  stated  that  the 
best  talent  in  Mexico  w.r.  well  represented  in  the  Standard 
reoords.  and  it  is  now  impossible  for  us  to  obtain  th.  services 
of  this  talent  on  a.oount  of  their  being  tied  up  by  th.  Columbia 



Mx.  Stevens  made  n  proposition  that  he  place  a  definite 
order  on  the  factory  for  200  each  of  200  titles  of  the  test  sel¬ 
lers  selected  from  the  614  Mexican  records  now  listed;  these  to 
he  charged  direct  to  the  foreign  Department,  and  as  this  number 
is  disposed  of.  further  definite  orders  will  he  placed  from  time 
to  time,  or  until  such  time  as  we  increase  our  present  list  of 
Blue  Amberol  records.  If  the  Standard  records  were  eliminated  would  leave  only  163  Mexican  Amberol  records  to  offer 
for  sale  in  Mexico,  South  America  and  other  Spanish  speaking 
countries.  At  the  present  time  there  are  a  large  number  of 
2-minute  machines  in  the  countries  mentioned  which  have  never 
been  converted  to  play  Amberol  records,  although  every  endeavor 
has  been  made  to  have  such  machines  equipped  with  the  combina¬ 
tion  attachment. 

By  supplying  these  200  2-mlnute  records  in  the  Blue 
type,  we  will  render  valuable  assistance  to  our  Argentine  Office 
and  the  trade  in  Mexico  and  other  Spanish  speaking  countries,  as 
they  will  serve  to  keep  alive  the  interest  and  also  enable  our 
distributors  and  dealers  to  dispose  of  their  present  stocks  of 
Standard  records  without  suffering  a  loss-  Aside  from  the  prof¬ 
its  to  be  derived  from  the  sale  of  these  two-minute  records,  they 
will  aid  vary  materially  in  disposing  of  the  large  number  of 
consignment  record.  Messrs.  Victor  Weiskopf  ft  Co.  are  now  carry¬ 
ing,  which  otherwise  would  be  very  difficult  to  dispose  of. 

in  view  of  Mr.  Stevens'  statement,  and  also  on  account 
of  his  Placing  a  definite  order  for  200  each  of  200  selections  in 


in  the  Bine  Amherol  type,  it  was  decided  to  supply  these 
Standard  reoordc  in  the  2-minute  Blue  type. 

She  meeting  then  adjourned. 


Minutes  of  the  First  Meeting  of  the 
Amusement  Phonograph  Department  Committee 
Held  December  27th 
at  10:00  A.  M. 

In  the  Executive  Committee  Room 
and  attended  by 

Deoided  that  the  preliminary  work  in  respect  of 
demonstrations  to  women’s  clubs  throughout  the  country  would  be 
done  from  this  office.  Where  we  are  properly  represented  by  dealers 
the  actual  demonstrations  are  to  be  made  by  them. 

V/ith  reference  to  the  Oldfield  Patent  Bill,  it  was 
deoided  not  to  get  out  another  letter  to  our  dealers  at  present,  but 
to  write  to  the  Hew  Jersey  senators  and  congressmen. 

It  was  decided  that  a  greater  effort  be  made  to 
obtain  the  names  and  addresses  of  those  attending  demonstrations. 
The  idea  of  getting  out  an  invitation  in  the  form  of  an  admission 
oard  was  viewed  with  favor. 

It  was  deoided  to  announce  the  fourth  Blue  Amberol 
list  immediately,  shipments  to  commence  about  February  1st.  The 
Mexican  records  now  in  process  of  manufacture  will  be  included  with 
this  list. 


Copies  to  all  committee  members 
and.  Messrs.  EdiBon  and  Wilson. 


present  conditions,  weoug  ouKht  to  work  the  demonstrations  up 

syss  j^Jsssr'^rsTs-**- 

Mr.  Maxwell  read  letter  from  Congressman  HoCoyoon- 
cerning  the  Oldfield  Patent  Bill.^^Mr.^MoCoy  .  o^®^  thought  it  was 
would  he  reached  at  the  prose  letter  to  our  dealers  until  we  knew 
inadvisable  to  get  out  “”ot\  the  Committee  agreed.  It  was 

t .»t  t.  t»e  »»  JerBejf 

senators  and  congressmen. 

jssr^^^^-g-a-issjas.^.  ■ 

ESIii!  S 

good  one!dmMr!a£o!heerwaseincl!ned  to  agree  with  this  view  and  will 
attend  to  the  matter . 

Blue  Amherol  orders  and  asked  for  would  complete  the 

list  should  be  announced.  Mr.. Hehr  eal^tha  ^  in 

“5JStlo"tSrSo»menoe  ******* ^/o^tfoSS  S-t^Wtotely  and’ 

£>ss  xstSttrsi.* « "»»■*  10  °™,“e 

about  February  1st. 

Ur.  Stevens  brought  W^iS^t^gedto^iSlSe 
records  now  in  process  of  manufacture  and  it  was  decides 
them  with  the  fourth  list. 

Wm.  Maxwell 

Chairman . 

Minutes  of  the  Pirst  Meeting  of  the 
Dictating  Machine  Committee 
Held  December  24th 
at  2:00  1’.  11. 

In  the  lixecutive  Committee  Room, 
and  attended  by 

Messrs.  Durand,  Stevens,  MoChesney  and  Maxwell: 

There  occurred  a  general  discussion  of  the 
work  to  bo  taken  up  by  the  Committee  in  the  future. 

Mr.  McChesney  stated  that  he  expected 
through  the  Committee  to  develop  a  more  definite  advertising  poli¬ 
cy  and  a  better  means  of  arriving  at  a  fixed  annual  expenditure 
for  advertising. 

Mr.  Durand  stated  that  a  very  important  and 
immediate  duty  of  the  Committee  was  to  aid  him  in  the  selection  of 
a  suitable  name  for  the  Dictating  Machine  equipped  with  telephone 
recording  attachment.  It  was  decided  that  the  Committee  would 
witness  a  demonstration  of  the  machine  and  thereupon  submit  a  num¬ 
ber  of  names  from  which  a  selection  could  be  made. 

ISr.  Maxwell  inquired  whether  greater  selling 
effort  could  not  be  profitably  put  forth  on  potential  buyers  of  one 
or  two  machines  -  for  example,  lawyers.  He  pointed  out  particular 
advantages  to  lawyers  in  using  a  dictating  machine.  Mr.  Durand 
etated  that  our  dealers  were  not  likely  to  find  it  profitable  to 
canvass  this  trade  and  that  our  inability  to  give  service  in  the 
smaller  towns  where  no  dealers  are  located  would  be  a  considerable 
handicap.  However,  he  thought  it  might  be  well  to  give  further 
consideration  to  another  campaign  on  lawyers.  He  stated  that  con¬ 
siderable  work  has  been  done  on  them  already  with  a  fair  amount  of 
success.  This  subject  will  be  taken  up  at  the  next  mooting. 

Wm.  Maxwell 

Chairman . 

•  cyr*'" 

s' - - - THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  Incorporated 

/  jOSKtlHG  Qjf  LlAJJlhV.Cl’UHlilG  OOia  iTIJJK 

Hold  January  15th,  1912.  L,l} 

present:  Messrs  WilBon,  Weber,  Bllsa,  Rcdfeain  and  liiid. 

Hand  shaving  Machine  for  Buainp-  s  .Blanhs 

a  working  model  of  Anna  .having  kachl no  for  Business 
mnntrp  hMvlni'  a  single  out  steel  kniie  luivln0  a  sen.w 
feed  adjustment  was  exhibited  end  design  a;,s  approve  . 
Referred  to  Cost  L;ept.  to  submit  cost  figures. 

Electric  .-.having  Machine  in  Steel  Cabinet  with  iour  •L'°p1,  1  Gdc-"i£l 
,  working  model  of  an  Electric  ..having  machine  assembled 
to  a  tit  of  1  Cabinet  mounted  on  .4  post  pede-taX  .  . 
h  th-i  +  ed  snd  design  opurovet..  1’he  hrujineoiin^  Do-t.  . 
futhofixmf  to  mafe  doings  of  this  machine  as  soon  as 

Chip  Brush  for  Dictating  Phonographs 

It  was  decided  to  assemble  a  small  emp  brush  t-  the 
Reproducer  Arm  of  the  Dictating  Phonograph  and i  t.  dis¬ 
continue  supplying  the  regular  Chip  Brush  ab  a 
ceseory  with  this  Outfit. 

Home  B having  Iviuchine 

i  working  model  of  a  Home  .having  Machine  embodying  the 


for  12  to  be  made  up  and  tested  thoroughly  before  a  pro¬ 
duction  Order  was  issued. 

Recording  Outfit  for  Oper 

and  .mhcrola  phonographs 

Engineering "Dept .  was  instructed  to  submit,  designs 
Recording  Outfits  for  Opera  and  ar.berola  Phonographs. 



Hooting  of  ’.'.nnufuo  taring  committee 
hold  April  11th,  1912 

colder  for  Bun ino no  Blank  Haok 

A  earn  pie  for  u  holdor  for  use 
poet  pedn-’tal  to  hold  the  ruo> 
fins ino ns  Blanks  whs  exhibited, 
not  adopted. 


!;Ut  ! 



framed  ctoel  Cabinet  far  Mo  tit 'nr.  "aahino 

i  sample  of  a  - rosaod  .Iteol  Cabinet  for 
Biot  .tlr.g  r.uohinen  was  exhibited,  but 
not  approved.  Keforrod  to  line  inner inr 
.lepur  tmont  to  make  oh.  me  on  in  design  to 
resomblo  our  :  rosent  Cabinot. 

Aluminum  parts  for  jio t«ti ng  ...uohlno 

i  olio,  order  for  2B  yiotatlng 
with  aluminum  l’op  ,  late,  oabinot.  Top 
frame,  flim  and  Base  was  authorized,  it 
being  understood  th.,t  those  mi  oh  ino  a 
wero  to  be  brought  through  in  Uio 
regular  way,  and  not  special. 

A.  K.  Hird 



THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  Incorporated 

Hooting  of  I/SamfOoturing  Craaraittno 
Hold  ,T unn  lath,  191?,. 

Pronont  Honor n.  Kiln on,  Pflbnr,  Blino,  Boflffmm  ft  Hint. 

Blootrlo  Shaving  Hnohino  In  ntnol  Cnbinnt 

A  Sanplo  of  nn  Klootrio  ShnvinB  Hnohino  in  Btnal 
Cabinot  end  ntand  was  oxhibitoft  and  approvad.  Knfbrrnd  to 
Mr.  Durand  to  toko  up  thn  qunntion  of  oxolnnivo  nao  of  tho 
Cabinot  anil  otanrt  nn  dooignod. 

Slnglo  Cut  Shaving  KaohinQ. 

A  nnnplo  of  ninglo  Cut  Shaving  Kaohino  oriboflying  tho  ohan- 
gon  nuggontod  at  Innt  mooting  wirn  oxhibitoft  and  approved. 

A  shop  ordor  for  100  wan  authorised. 

A.  M.  H. 


..  :M 

MINUTES  OP  A  MEETING  of  the  Phonograph  Sales  and 
Committee,  hold  in  the  room  of  Mr.  I.  C.  UeChesney  on  * 
1912,  commencing  at  2  P.  1!. 

Present : 

Maxwell  (Chairman) 



Llinutos  of  previous  meeting  approved. 

UeChesney  statod  Callcins  £  Holden  unahle  to  atten 
in;;,  out  would  he  present  at  the  next  meeting. 

MINUTES  OP  A  MEETING  of  the  Phonograph  Sales  and 
Advertising  Committee,  held  in  the  Office  of  Mr.  Dyer  on  March 
8,  1912,  at  2  P.  M. 


Messrs.  Dyer,  ex-officio  member 
Maxwell,  Chairman 

Present  as  conferees: 

Messrs.  Goodwin, 

Holden  (of  Calkins  £  Holden) 

Minutes  of  previous  meeting  approved. 

Mr.  Holden  submitted  proofs  of  the  six  advertisements 
decided  upon  at  the  previous  meeting.  Decided:  To  cut  out  the 
illustration  showing  Interior  of  the  machine  and  so  annotate  the 
proof  sheet.  Hr.  Maxwell  reported  that  Mr.  Edison  desired  to 
examine  the  advertisements  at  his  leisure.  Decided:  That  the 
advertisements  be  turned  over  to  Mr.  Maxwell  to  be  submitted  to 
Mr.  Edison. 

Mr.  McChesney  brought  up  the  Question  of  obtaining 
certain  information  from  retail  dealers  by  offering  Hr.  Edison's 
picture  as  a  reward  (this  was  discussed  at  a  previous  meeting). 

Mr.  McChesney  read  the  letter  which  he  proposed  to  send  out  and 
it  was  approved.  Decided:  That  this  experiment  be  tried  in  the 
State  of  New  York. 

Mr.  McChesney  brought  up  the  question  of  special  printed 
matter  connected  with  special  hits.  Mr.  Maxwell  thought  this 
question  should  be  deliberated  upon  by  the  individual  members  and 
brought  up  for  discussion  at  a  later  meeting.  Decided  accordingly. 

Hr.  Maxwell  gave  notice  that  the  question  of  salesmen's 
co-operation  would  be  brought  up  at  the  next  meeting. 

The  next  meeting  Friday,  the  15th  inst.,  at  2  P.  M.,  at 
which  these  minutes  will  be  offered  for  approval. 

MINUTES  OP  A  SPECIAL  MEETING  of  the  Phonograph  Sales 
and  Advertising  Committee  called  hy  Mr.  Maxwell  and  held  in  the 
offioe  of  Mr.  L.  C.  McChesney  on  March  9,  1912,  at  9  A.  M.  . 


Hossrs.  Maxwell,  Chairman 
McChem  ey 

Mr.  Maxwell  made  the  following  report  concerning  the 
advertisements  submitted  to  Mr.  Edison: 

Mr.  Edison  was  immediately  conscious  of  the  clouded 
effect  in  these  advertisements  due  to  our  effort  to  protect  tie 
cylinder  product.  Mr.  Edison  stated  that  he  wants  the  advertising 
to  commence  with  a  strong,  clean-cut  announcement  of  the  disc  phoncgrq?' 
He  desire fl  that  evorything  ho  incorporated  in  the  announcement  adver¬ 
tisement.  That  greater  emphasis  he  placed  upon  the  improvements  in 
recording;  that  stronger  claims  he  made  concerning  the  material 
from  -which  the  records  are  manufactured;  that  their  greater  length 
he  pointed  out;  and  that  we  make  more  effective  use  of  the  fact 
that  he  invented  the  first  disc  machine.  Mr.  Edison  says  that  the 
talk  about  the  musical  program  and  the  work  Huport  Hughes  is  going 
to  do  should  come  after  the  announcement  of  the  disc  machine,  and 
that  we  can  protect  the  cylinder  product  hy  mentioning-  that  the  im¬ 
proved  recording  will  he  omhodiod  in  the  cylinder  records. 

Mr.  Dolheer  said  that  as  he  understood  it,  the  way  to  meet 
Mr.  Edison's  ideas  was  to  out  out  No.  1  and  No.  2  md  start  in  with 
No.  3,  making  the  latter  very  much  stronger  than  it  now  is.  Decided: 
That  the  Committee  would,  during  Mr.  Edison's  absence ,  prepare  some 
new  advertisements  embodying  his  ideas  and  abandon  the  effort  to 
protect  the  cylinder  product  in  the  manner  first  planned,  but  en¬ 
deavor  to  do  it  in  the  way  suggested  hy  Mr.  Edison. 

The  Minutes  of  this  Special  Meeting  will  be  offered  for 
approval  at  the  next  regular  meeting,  Friday  the  15th  Inst. 


Minings  OP  *  MEKTIHC  of  the  Phonograph  Sales  and 
Advertising  Committee,  held  in  the  Executive  Committee 
room  on  March  29,  1912. 

Mr.  Dyer,  ex-officio  member 
Mr.  Wilson,  "  " 

Mr.  Maxwell,  Chairman 
Mr.  Dolboer, 

Mr.  McChesney 

Present  as  a  conferee: 

Mr.  Holden,  (of  Calkins  &  Holden) 

,n  March  1  and  Special  Meeting  on 

Minutes  of  mooting 
March  2  approved. 

Mr.  Maxwell  called  up  Tor  discussion  the  question 
of  exploiting  the  Home  Recording  feature.  Mr.  Wilson 
said  the  shaving  machine  would  not  he  ready  before  June 
1st  Mr.  Holland  appeared  before  tho  Committee  and  des¬ 
cribed  the  scene  of  the  Home  Recording  Instruction  Book 
that  he  and  Mr.  Bliss  are  preparing.  Hr.  Dolbeer  thoiight 
She  Instruction  Book  should  be  kept  entirely  separate  from 
such  advertising  pamphlets  as  it  seemed  advisable  to  pre¬ 
pare.  Decided:  That  the  Instruction  Book  should  not  be 
troated  as  p~5rt  of  the  advertising.  Mr.  McChesney  thought 
v:e  should  got  out  an  advertising  pamphlet  illustrating 
various  usbb  of  homo  recording  from  photographs  posed  in 
tho  Bronx  Studio.  Mr.  Maxwell  agreed  and  thought  these 
illustrations  could  be  lator  used  in  our  magazine  adver¬ 
tising  ns  bo  believes  that  home  recording  is  a  thing 
that  must  be  specially  emphasized  in  advertising  the 
cylindor  nroduct  after  the  disc  machine  is  put  on  e 
market.  Followed  a  discussion  of  what  illustrations 
should  bo  used.  Mr.  Wilson  thought  that  pictures 
illustrating  home  recording  as  a  means  of  amusomont 
will  bo  most  effective.  Mr.  Maxwell  thought  that  some 
pictures  illustrating  sorious  and  semi-educational 
uses  of  homo  recording  would  also  be  desirable,  tor 
example,  a  young  man  practicing  a  speech  on  the  phono¬ 
graph  and  a  ghost  picture  showing  him  delivering  the 
same,  decided:  that  each  number  of  the  Committee  would 
considor""various  interesting  uses  of  home  recording  and 
submit  their  ideas  at  the  next  meeting  when  a list  o 
doslred  illustrations  would  be  compiled  and  the  pamphlet 
would  be  laid  out.  Mr.  Wilson  commented  on  -he 
ablo  sale  of  blank  records  at  present,  for  example,  eig 
thousand  in  the  last  three  weeks.  It  was  the  consensus 
of  opinion  that  the  home  recording  feature  if  persistently 
exploited  would  influence  the  sale  of  a  great  many  machines. 

DECEMBER  31,  1912. 


MR.  GOODWIN  called  attention  to  recent  death  of  Mr.  Rhineberger, 
where  it  was  found  no  provision  had  Been  made  for  his  family.  Also 
spoke  of  another  salesman  who  had  died  sometime  since  who  had 
made  no  arrangements  as  to  his  family.  Several  suggestions  were 
made  as  to  relief  in  case  of  accident  or  death  to  men  while  on  the 
road.  , 

MR.  BERGGEEIT  said  he  would  look  into  the  matter  of  insurance.  It 
was  decided  that  the  salesmen  notify  Mr.  Berggren  as  to  what  they 
wished  done  in  case  a  misfortune  of  this  character  occured  to  them. 

MR.  DOIBEKR  read  a  number  of  highly  complimentary  letters  on  the 
new  Disc  output,  and  it  was  arranged  that  copies  would  be  sent  to 
the  salesmen  for  their  use  on  the  road. 

The  success  of  some  of  the  salesmen  in  taking  orders  for 
Disc  line,  and  the  poor  results  of  others,  was  then  mentioned,  with 
the  idea  of  getting  an  outline  o'f  the  best,  way  of  presenting  the 
goods.  Statements  of  experiences  were  made  by  the  various  men.  Some 
showed  it  was  an  easy  proposition  to  sell  the  goodB,  and  others  sala 
it  was  not  so  easy  on  account  of  the  talent,  rough  surface,  and  delay 
in  shipment. 

Many  remarks  were  made  as  to  the  great  satisfaction  of 
the  Disc  goods'  to  the  general  public.  Many  ownerB  of  Victor  machines 
expressed  themselveB  as  astonished  at  the  results,  and  wanted  to 
sell  out  their  present  machine  and  secure  the  new  and  greatest  thing 
ever  heard.  It  was  stated  that  if  Mr.  Edison  had  Fifty  Million 
Dollars  worth  of  the  new  product  ready  it  could  be  disposed  of  in  the 
next  year.  Musicians  spoke  of  the  marvelous  results.  Victor  Jobbers 
and  dealers,  while  they  naturally  did  not  openly  show  appreciation  of 
the  merits  of  the  new  Disc,  seemed  forced  to  at  least  see  and  hear 
what  was  going  on  and  stiring  up  the  public. 

l  wished  to  be  supplied  with  e 

About  36  Disc  sample  records  were  sent  to  salesmen. 
Comments  on  these  sampleB  -  179  Good  -  66  Fair  and  32  Poor.  Report 
records  after  lot  of  use  as  good  as  when  received,  and  in  some  cases 
seem  better. 

Salesmen  were  asked  why  Mr.  Edison  could  not  operate  the 
Disc  machine  by  electricity.  Answer  waB  the  superior  results  now 
shown  could  probably  hot  be  secured  by  electric  power,  but  that  the 
matter  was  under  consideration. 

In  talking  about  securing  the  moBt  desirable  people  to 
attend  demonstrations.  Mr.  Scott  Btated  he  preferred  list  of 
automobile  owners  as  good  .  Most  of  these  people  have  money  and  are 
good  prospective  customers.  Scott  stated  he  place*  his  sample 

■machine  in  office  of  hotel  and  played  same  while  people  "®r® 
in  and  going  out,  and  in  that  way  attracted  a  good  deal  of  attention. 

MR,  SKELTON  suggeBts  hall  or  large  rooms  in  preference  to  hotels. 

Said  to  first  interest  the  public  and  the  dealers  would  soon  want  to 
take  on  the  line.  Stated  the  placing  of  advertisement  of  demonstra¬ 
tion  in  naner  would  not  reach  the  better  class  of  people.  Best  way 
to  senS  out  a  large  number  of  invitations  and  in  that  way  more  would 

It  was  also  mentioned  by  some  of  the  men  that  it  was  more 
desirable  to  send  a  small  number  of  invitations  to  desirable  people 
than  a  large  number  to  a  class  of  people  that  would  probably  never 
purchase  such  an  article. 

Comment  seemed  to  favor  a  hotel  demonstration  in  cities 
or  large  towns,  but  halls  or  stores  in  smaller  places. 

Some  of  the  men  aeemed  to  favor  the  production  of  a 
sound  modifier  where  records  are  reproduced  in  a  small  apartment. 

The  wonderful  volume  or  carrying  power  of  the  Disc 
reproduction  was  frequently  spoken  of  by  experts  or  musical  people. 

The  men  were  asked  how  they  got  over  the  question  of 
playing  Victorrecords  on  Edison  machines.  The  said  this  question  was 
seldom  asked,  and,  when  it  was,  that  of  course,  they  could  not  be 
reproduced  on  the  Edison* 

Speaking  of  the  hardness  of  the  records,  some  of  the  men 
had  been  timid  about  trying  this  quality,  but  others  had  gone  as  far 
as  to  throw  them  on  the  floor  in  any  place.  It  was  found  they  were 
almost  indestructible,  and  it  is  safe  to  say  they  are  four  times  as 
strorng  as  the  Victor,  which  is  true. 

It  was  stated  that  if  the  Columbia  Co.,  with  their  output, 
aa* . four  months  behind  their  orders,  our  Company* with  the  Disc 

and  its  superior  results,  and  the  attention  it  has  already  secured, 
we  certainly  have  a  splendid  chance  with  our  line. 

Could  not  get  the  Victor  machine  in  comparison  at  demonstra¬ 
tion  on  account  of  objection  by  Jobbers  and  dealers  handling  that 
line.  Occasionally  there  was  a  chance  .^“Parison,  but  even 

then  the  listener  would  want  the  Victor  stopped  tef0*®  r®£°^ 
half  played  -  said  had  heard  enough  -  there  was  no  need  of  comparison, 
the  Edison  was  far  ahead  of  anything  ever  heard  of  the  kind. 

Men  all  asked  for  Band  selections  -  were  told  other 
selections  would  be  supplied  as  fast  as  possible. 

Messrs.  Hird  and  Leming  were  asked  bb  to  prospects  for  delivery 
of  goods.  They  stated  at  present  the  delivery  would  be  small  and 
slow,  but  that  arrangements  were  started  through  the  factory  to  get 
an  ultimate  output  of  6000  machines  (both  cylinder  and  disc  types) 
per  week.  That  factory  conditions  always  made  it  impossible  to  get 
a  large  output  of  an  article  at  first,  but  later  on  the  delivery 
would  be  better. 

HR..DOEBEER  called  attention  to  fact  that  the  $60  and  $80  types  of 
Disc  machines  were  not  yet  ready,  and  it  would  he  sometime  yet  before 
they  could  he  supplied.  That  the  higher  priced  types  -  $150.  $200 
or  $250  were  further  advanced  and  could  he  furnished  much  quicker 
and  it  was  therefore  desirable  that  orders  he  secured  for  same  in 
preference  to  cheaper  types.  He  also  called  attention  of  salesmen  to 
matter  of  our  not  granting  exclusive  territory  in  any  case,  and  he 
sure  not  to  make  any  such  concession  in  arranging  with  dealers. 

Attention  was  called  to  the  fact  that  no  $100  type  of 
Disc  machine  has  been  arranged  for. 

MR.  IHETON  spoke  about  the  Blue  Amberol  records,  and  explained 
delay  in  filling  orderB,  owing  to  large  orders  and  factory  condi¬ 
tions.  He  stated  the  advance  fourth  list  of  these  goods  would  he 
sent  out  in  a  few  days,  and  shipment  commence  about  February  1st. 

The  matter  of  again  sending  out  advance  sample  cylinder 
records  to  Jobbers  wqb  brought  up,  and  the  salesmen  as  a  body  said 
to  continue  this  plan,  as  it  was  moBt  desirable,  and  -Jobbers  would 
order  more  liberally  after  hearing  the  samples,  and  have  less  chance 
of  loading  up  with  undesirable  and  Unsalable  selections. 


At  meeting  of  the  salesmen  this  matter  tob  discussed 
with  following  results: 

MR.  STANTON  said  he  could  get  along  without  an  advance  agent.  He 
would  look  up  the  representative  people  through  list  of  automobile 
owners  or  blue  book,  and  either  visit  them  personally  or  call  them 
up  on  the  phone  and  arrange  for  their  seeing  the  machine  and 
hearing  the  reoordB,  and  in  thiB  way  assure  himself  of  enough 
representation,  and  to  satisfy  any  prospective  dealer  who  was 
doubtful  about  selling  the  goods.  He  claims  that  the  hit  and  miBs 
general  invitation  was  not  as  likely  to  be  effective,  and  that 
general  newspaper  announcements,  inviting  everybody,  only  makeB 

MR.  HOPE  endorses  same  idea. 

MR.  SCOTT  says  he  does  not  need  an  aBBiBtant, because  he  iB  so 
well  known  that  he  has  already  Btarted  the  DIbc  off  in  good  Bhape, 
and  that  demonstrating  is  to  be  their  fundamental  selling  plan. 

Also  that  -special  programmes  is  going  to  be  adopted  by  the  three 
dealers  in  pangor  just  as  soon  as  they  can  get  records.  A  special 
plan  of  attractive  invitations  or  programmes  is  going  to  be  in  force 
as  soon  as  they  are  supplied  with  a  sufficient  number  of  records, 
and  that  the  dealers  already  established  in  Maine  are  anxiou*  to 
pursue  same  demontrating  ideas. 

1®.  SKELTON  ,  owing  to  the  large  number  of  Bmall  tovmB  in  his 
territory,  thinks  he  could  wofck  faBter  in  demonstrating,  and  wantB 
to  carry  it  On  for  a  while  yet. 

MR.  CHEW  >  working  in  New  York  State? would  like  to  try  the 
assistant  demonstrator  a  little  further. 

Mr.  Hag  ancl  Mr.  Lister  also  stated  they  approved  the  plan  of 
Mr.  Stanton  as  to  further  trial  demonstration  without  an 
assistant . 

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1912.  Phonograph  -  Edison  Phonograph  Works  (E-12-65) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  business  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works.  The  selected  items  consist  of 
statements  of  earnings,  expenses,  and  losses  for  1910-1912,  along  with  a 
draft  organizational  chart. 

Approximately  70  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 
Letters  of  transmittal,  meeting  announcements,  and  routine  correspondence 
concerning  financial  matters  have  not  been  selected. 

Basedow  an  estimated  GroSs  Prefit  determined  by 
age  of  gross  profit  realized  for  the  fiscal  year 

$224 ,557.73 

lit  determined  hy  using  the 




Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Phonograph  -  Foreign  (E-12-66) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  marketing  of  phonographs  and  recordings  in  Europe  and  the  selection  of 
music,  songs,  and  singers.  Included  is  correspondence  to  and  from  Paul  H. 
Cromelin  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd.,  in  London  pertaining  to  the 
shipment  of  music  catalogs  and  trial  records  to  West  Orange.  Other  letters 
between  Cromelin  and  Edison  discuss  negotiations  with  tenor  Giovanni 
Martinelli  and  a  demonstration  of  Edison's  disc  phonograph  for  tenor  Jean  de 
Reszke.  Several  of  Cromelin's  letters  from  April  1912  bear  the  notation: 
"Copy  of  letter  presumably  mailed  on  Titanic."  There  is  also  correspondence 
by  Thomas  Graf  of  the  Edison  Gesellschaft  in  Berlin  and  by  Humbert  F.  Tosi, 
who  was  scouting  operatic  talent  in  Italy,  Russia,  and  other  countries  and 
hoping  to  establish  an  office  in  Milan  to  represent  Edison.  Also  included  are 
a  balance  sheet  for  the  Edison  Gesellschaft;  an  agreement  granting  the  sales 
agency  forthe  Edison  Business  Phonograph  in  Switzerland  to  Hermann  Moos 
of  Zurich;  an  agreement  between  Augustus  M.  Baldwin  and  his  financial 
backers  regarding  the  sales  agency  of  the  National  Phonograph  Co.  in  China 
and  India;  and  a  summary  of  capital  shares  of  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co., 
Ltd.,  in  which  Edison  held  majority  control. 

Approximately  90  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  of  duplicates,  letters  of  transmittal,  and  publicity 
material  relating  to  singers. 



January  20th,  1912 

Messrs.  Thomas  jY.  Edison,  Inc.,  ^  cA^****  *  ' 

Klnetophone  Studio,  <\v^C  ^ 

645  WyS*  Str89t>  (U 

^  <o 

Gentleman,  fcJL****~"*\  ^7 

I  heg  to  acknowledge  receipt  Of  your  favour  of  the  20tl£  ult., 
contents  of  which  have  Indeed  been  very  interesting  to  me. 

I  am  very  anxious  to  carry  out  at  a  near  date  some  suggestions 
Mr.  Edison  made; to  demonstrate  the  invention  to  the  court  here  and 
in  Vienna.  Por  this  purpose  we  need  not  wait  until  we  have  re¬ 
cords  with  German  text,  because  English  is  very  well  understood 
and  spoken  at  both  courts.  Perhape  you  will  have  soon  an  oppor¬ 
tunity  to  bring  this  up  to  Mr.  Edison.  I  should  like  to  know  con¬ 
siderable  time  beforehand,  when  some  advance  demonstrations  could 
take  place,  in  order  that  I  can  procure  permission  in  time. 

Thanking  you  for  the  lengthy  and  interesting  information  you 
have  given  me,  I  beg  to  be, 

Very  truly  Yours 

Managing  Director 

y.UvM-  V^jT 


(Jb~>  JLc 

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Ur.  '7.  H.  Hiller:  Seb*  1>  1912 1 

I  oncslose  you  herewith  copies  of  agreements 
with  the  various  Austrian  composers  sent  us  oy  Ur.  Graf, 
together  with  his  letters  ro luting  to  them.  I  assume  you 
will  want  to  go  over  these  ctrefully  and  perhaps  confer  with 

National  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd. 

Edison  Works 

Willesden  .Junction,  London, N.W. 

City  Ofttc«*s  &  . . ms:  afl.Clu.-kc-.woIt  lio.i.l,  C.C. 

Edison  Phonotjraphs  &  Rooords 

......  not  the  ?:IC/LV’  February  3rd  191 

Dear  ”r.  Edison, 

In  accordance  with  instructions  from  Hr.  Dyer 
indicating  your  Wishes  I  have  had  tests  made  of  the  voices  of 
a  number  of  singers  and  the  samples  are  being  sent  to  Orange 
for  your  examination. 

Attached  hereto  is  a  memorandum  showing  name  of  singer 
class  and  selection  sung  for  test  purposes. 

Enclosed  you  will  find  some  pres3  notices  and  par¬ 
ticulars  of  the  artists  whose  tests  are  being  forwarded. 

I  understand  from  Hr.  Dyer  you  are  seeking  voices  of 
a  certain  quality  having  in  mind  their  suitability  for  our  work. 

If  you  care  to  go  a  little  more  in  detail  as  to  what 
particular  characteristics  you  are  seeking  I  may  be  able  to 
give  you  more  intelligent  assistance. 

I  want  to  oo-operate  with  and  be  of  some  real  help 
to  you  but  feel  as  if  we  are  groping  over  here  and  don't  know 
whether  what  we  are  sending  is  what  you  are  after. 

■lost  of  the  singers  whose  work  we  are  forwarding  have 
•been  secured  through  the  Imperial  Concert  Agency.  Rome  have 
voices  which  are  promising  for  our  work.  We  have  rejected  many 
and  are  only  sending  those  along  which  in  our  opinion  might 


Mr.  Edison  Contd._  Pape  2 

possibly  possess  the  quality  you  are  seeking.  Hone  have  known 
a  phonographic  career. 

Among  those  sent  I  might  particularly  invite  your 
attention  to  the  following: 

Mary  Fielding  .  Dramatic  Soprano.  Promising  for  our  work. 

Phyllis  Lett  .Soprano.  A  hit  nervous.  Sang  slightly  off, 
hut  might  he  developed. 

Winifred  Lewis  .Contralto.  Very  good  indeed.  Would  prohahly 
make  an  excellent  addition  to  our  list  of  Edison  Singers. 

Alfred  Heather.  Scotch  Tenor.  Very  good  for  our  work. 
Hubert  Eisdell.  Tenor.  Excellent. 

Horman  Williams .  Pass  Baritone.  Very  good. 

Louise  Sims  Contralto.  Good  quality  hut  very  nervous 
during  trial. 

We  will  make  additional  shipments  to  you  from  time 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq. , 
Orange , 





Gertrude  Reynolds 

Soprano  "Oh  Flower  of  all  the  World" 
&  Scale . 

Mde.  Mary  Conly. 

Mr.  Bichard  Ripley. 
Mr.  G Wynne  Davies 
Joseph  Farrington 
Miss  Winifred  Lewis 
Mr.  Fredk.  Ranalow 

Miss  Phyllis  Lett 
Miss  May  Peters 
Miss  Jennie  Taggart 
Miss  Mary  Fielding 
Miss  Caroline  Hatchard 




Bass  3aritone. 

Bass  Baritone. 






"The  auld  Hoose".  &  Scale. 
"Mother  o'  mine".  &  Scale. 

"Thy  Learning  eyes".  &  Scale. 
"Drake  goes  West". 

"The  Rosary"  &  Scale. 

"Drink  to  me  only" 

&  "The  Crocodile". 


"On;  the  hanks  of  Allan  water " 
"Braw  hraw  lads " . 

-  "Sunshine  &  Rain" 

'"Robin.  Adair  "  .  ". 

These  have  already  been  forwarded. 




Mr.  Alfred  Heather  Tenor 

Hr.  Hubert  Eisdell  " 

Mr.  Julian  Henry  Baritone 

Miss  Christine  Bywater  .  Soprano 

Mr.  Anderson  Hi  col  Tenor 

Mr.  Alexander  Webster  Tenor 

Bonnie  Wee  thing 

"I  know  of  two  bright  eyes" 

&  Scale 

"I'm  wearing  awa'  Jean" 

&  Scale 

"If  I  built  a  World  for  you 
&  Scale. 

"The  fond  kiss"  &  Scale 
"Bonnie  Wee  thing"  &  Scale, 

Mr.  Albert  Beresford  Counter  Tenor  "Hefet  me  to-night  in 
Dreamland"  &  Scale. 

Mr.  if  or  man  Williams  Bass  "The  Wreck"  &  Scai 

Miss  Louise  Sims.  Contralto  "Rest  thee  my  dear  one" 

‘ .  &  Scale. 

The  above  will  be  forwarded  with  the  next  shipment. 

We  have  not  yet  received  pa  ticulars  and  Press  notices 
of  the  last  three  artists.  They  will  be  forwarded  when 


February  3rd  1912 


Dear  Mr.  Dyer, 

X  duly  received  yours  of  Dec.  26th.  advising  me  of 
Mr.  Edison's  wishes  to  which  I  have  given  much  thought  and 

You  will  find  enclosed  copy  of  a  letter  I  am  sending 
him  to-day  in  accordance  with  your  instructions  and  in  com¬ 

pliance  with  his  wishes. 

As  regards  Bonci  and  Dani .  Ho  move  has  been  made  hy 
me  to  endeavour  to  get  them,  Because  of  the  confusion  arising 
out  of  conflicting  instructions. 

Dec.  14th.  Hr.  Miller  wrote: 

"Mr.  Edison  just  now  does  not  seem  to  think  we 
require  any  talent  with  reputation,  and  until  he 
changes  his  mind  in  thiB  matter  it  aeemoalmost 
useless  to  hid  for  talent.  However,  X  think,  at 
the  present  time  that  it  is  just  as  well  to  dis¬ 
continue  engaging  artists  until  suoh ^ time  as  we 
oan  see  our  way  clear  as  to  when  the  new  disc 
will  he  placed  on  the  market". 

Dec.  22nd.  he  wrote  among  other  things  not  to  make 
any  overtures  to  either  Bonci  or  Dani  and  concluded  hy  suggesting 
that  we  call  Ashton  &  Mitchell  off.  The  general  impression  I 
gathered  was  that  it  had  about  been  concluded  to  call  a  halt 

Mr.  Dyer  Contd.  Page  2 

until  we  knew  a  little  mpre  as  to  where  we  stood  on  the  diso 

Deo.  26th.  your  letter  with  instructions  about 
seeking  new  and  unknown  talent  generally  confirms  this,  hut 
nevertheless  we  are  instructed  to  go  ahead  on  deals  with 
Bonoi  and  Dani. 

Just  as  we  are  about  to  move  in  this  matter  along 
comes  a  letter  from  Mr.  Miller  dated  Deo.  29th.  stating  he  had 
juBt  received  copy  of  yours  to  me  of  Deo.  26th.  containing  in¬ 
structions  as  to  Bond  and  Dani  and  noting  that  they  were 
different  from  his  own  instructions  he  had  written  you  suggest¬ 
ing  that  you  countermand  your  instructions  of  Dec.  26th.  He 

"I  truBt  you  will  do  nothing  until  you  hear  from  him". 

Haturally  I've  done  nothing,  awaiting  advices  from 
you  countermanding  former  instructions.  I  suppose  these  have 
not  come  to  hand  because  of  your  absence,  but  I  have  not 
answered  any  of  the  letters  heretofore,  expecting  each  mail 
would  bring  me  adviceB  which  would  clear  up  the  situation. 

About  Dyne  and  Harrold,  my  original  instructions  of 
December  5th  from  you  were  to  offer  not  more  than  $1,000 
ten  songs  eaoh  and  not  exceeding  20$  royalty.  I  was  strongly  of 
the  opinion  that  if  I  went  about  it  right  1  might  be  able  to 
get  these  artists  on  an  advance  on  account  of  royalty  proposi¬ 
tion  whioh  in  my  judgment  is  infinitely  to  be  preferred  and 
in  every  way  better  for  the  Company  than  to  have  to  pay  the 
oash  said  a  royalty.  On  suoh  a'  deal  we  merely  make  an  advance 

Mr.  Dyer  Contd.  ?a<:o  3 

which  ia  worked  off  as  the  reoorclo  aro  sold.  If  wo  novor  sell 
tiny  we  tiro  me  roly  out  our  ad van os .  If  v/a  sell  leaB  than  a 
number  whioh  would  equal  por  year  at  the  percentage  agreed 
upon,  our  advance  we  are  still  to  the  good.  If  we  sell  enough 
to  yield  the  artiot  something  ovar  hie  advance  he  has  had  to 
earn  it  and  wo  have  hud  the  business.  Of  course  such  a  deal 
io  not  Quay  hut  thin  is  the  kind  to  nuke  whenever  possible 
viewed  from  the  Company's  standpoint.  Such  a  deal  should  be 
for  as  long  a  period  tta  possible.  provided  we  don't  have  to 
guarantee  a  yearly  minimum  income.  Tho  Artiot  is  entitled  to 
hie  royalty  u«  the  records  aro  sold  settlements  quarterly 
romi-qnuailylpr  annually  as  preferred.  It  is  to  hie  interest 
to  add  to  his  reportoire  from  time  to  time  no  an  to  increase 
hie  royalties,  and  it  is  of  greatest  importance  to  him  that,  he 
singB  perfectly  and  an  many  times  an  nay  be  required  to  insure 
perfect  recording.  He  is  a  partner  in  the  enterprise  io 
interented  in  the  solo  of  his  records,  becomes  a  boomer  for 
the  Company  and  tv  missionary  in  t.lio  field. 

How  Hurrold  tend  Lynne  are  good  long  distance  pro¬ 
position  for  us  on  this  basis.  They  required  minimum  guaran¬ 
ties  of  #1.000  por  year  however,.  I  propose  to  work  it,  so  we 
would  have  the  option  of  renewing  and  tie;  them  up  for  three  or 
f ivo ; years.  If  at  any  time  we  felt  wo  did  not  wish  to  retain 
their  exclusive  oervioes  wo  could  arrange  VfoJ£  their  release 
and7 adjust  the  matter  but  meanwhile  wo  hiui  them  for  us  on  What 
in  my  opinion  would  be  the  best  basis.,  Bbfoho  deciding  to  do 

this  I  personally  attended  two  performances  and  heard  them  in 
ftgoletto  and  luoia  so  aB  to  he  sure  of  the  correctness  of  the 
oourse  I  was  talcing. 

Mr.  Miller  oahled  Deo.  29th: 

"Don't  close  with  Harrold  or  Lyne  for  five  years, 

Wait  for  letter ", 

and  I  dropped  the  matter. 

When  Mr.  Miller's  letter  of  December  29th  confirm¬ 
ing  the  cable  reaohed  me  the  suggestion  is  made  that  X  did  not 
seem  to  understand  your  cable  of  December  5th.  I  did,  under¬ 
stand  it.  There  was  no  doubt  as.  to  your  meaning* 

Your  cable  indioated  no  term  for  the  contract  how¬ 
ever  and  I  set  about  scheming  how  to  get  around  the  necessity 
for  paying  them  the  sum  named  plus  a  royalty  and  thought  I 
had  my  negotiations  well  advanced  with  Hammerstein,  one  of  the 
shrewdest  men  in  the  buBineeB  when  the  cable  of  Deo.  29th. 
dame  and  all  negotiations  ceased. 

Meanwhile  Haabnerstein  went  to  Amerioa  and  there  ha* 
been  the  subsequent  Edison-Columbia  negotiations  on  termB  muoh 
leas  in  the  interest  of  the  respective  companies  and  the  results 
are  still  hanging  fire  and  success  in  my  opinion  doubtful. 

Personally  if  it  goes  through,  it  is  the  kind  of 
deal  I  want’ to  advise  against  making  in  the  future.  X  don't  refe 
to  the  matter  of  the  Companies  pooling  their  interests  on  the 
Artist  proposition  for  that  might  prove  well  worth  while.  But 
the,  idea  of  paying  large  sum*  for  promising  artists  and  then 
after  we  have  given  them  their  start,  taught  them  the  nice¬ 
ties;  of  recording  so  to  »peak,  leaving  it  possible  for  them  to  go 

Ur.  I>yar  Contd.  Page  G 

over  to  our  competitors  does  not  appeal  to  ne.  In  my  opinion 
tiio  principle  is  radioully  wrong.  Oet  thora  tied  up  to  the 
longest  possible  torm,  on  the  smallest  possible  oommittraont, 
reserving  all  the  options  to  the  Company.  You  can't  do  it  all 
thu  tino,  hut  it  con  frequently  ha  done. 

I‘n  tubing  the  liberty  of  panning  those  thoughts 
along.  Perhaps  they  don't  represent  the  policy  of  the 
Company  and  there  may  he  reasons  I  know  nothing  of  why  they 
might  not  fit  in  noil  with  its  polioy. 

I  personally  believe  them  sound  and  would  like  to 
9  :e  the  Company  ,(?ivo  them  consideration,  when  wo  know  where  we 
stand  on  tho  ditto  product  and  dooide  upon  our  future  polioy  as 
to  new  recording. 

Hoping  your  wai 
>tnd  this  finds  you.  in  the 

Prank  L.  T)ynr  Esq,  President, 
Thomas  a*  Edison  Ino. 

ation  haayboen  of  greatest  benefit 
best,  of  trim,  : 

Very  truly  • 

National  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd. 

Edison.  Works 

Willesden  .1  u nctio n, London, N AV. 

CUvOmcoH  *  Showrooms,  35,Cl«rkonwoit  Ro«,l,E.C. 

Kdison  Phonographs  & 


February  7th  1912 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq, 
Orange.  If, J . 

Sunnier, le nt i ng  former  advices,  you  v/ill  find  attached 
shoring  additional  trial  records  which  we  have  made  her 
forwarding  to  you  this  week.  These  will  go  forward 

with  those  we  have  formerly 

made  hut  held  here . 

You  will  find  press  notices  and  particulars  here¬ 

with  of  the  following  artists: 

ilorman  Williams 
D'Aroy  Vfoblven 
Jackson  Potter 
Ivor  V,1 alters 
hiss  Violet  Elliott 
11  Lillian  Dillingham 
"  Laura  Evans-Y/illiarns 

Lari  to  lie 
Bass  Baritone 
Soprano . 

I  have  yet  to  receive  press  notices  from  the 


Hughes  Macklin 
Miss  Lily  Fairney 
Miss  Janet  Hemsley 
Leon  Fastovsky 
Miss  Louise  Simms 
Albert  Beresford 
These  pa-'ti  oulars  \ 

Mezzo  Soorano 




Hi sb  Laura  Evans  Williams  Soprano 

D'Arcy  Woollveri  Baritone 

Janet  Hemsley  He 220  Soprano 

Hiss  Lily  Fairney  Contralto 

Just  graduated,  from  Royal  Academy. 

Jackson  Potter  Bass  Baritone 

Promising  for  our  work. 

Lilian  Dillingham  Soprano 

Hughes  Hacklin  Tenor 

We've  made  one  commercial  record 
of  this  party.  Meet  me  to-night  in 
Dreamland.  Will  appear  in  June  list. 
He  sings  for  us  under  the  name  of 
Glandon  Roberts. 

Leon  Fastovski  Russian  Tenor 

Ivor  Walters  Tenor 

Promising  for  us. 

Violet  Elliott  Contralto 

Tosti's  Goodby  &  Scale 

Sincerity  &  Scale 

Rose  in  the  Bud  &  Scale 

An  Emblem  &  Scale 

I  know  a  lovely  garden 

&  Scale. 

Annie  Laurie  &  Scale. 

Grey  Eyes  &  Scale 

For  you  alone  &  Scale. 
Like  Stars  above  &  Scale 

My  Dear  Soul  &  Scale. 

•  ffu* 



ebruary  8th,  1912 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

m  «K 

Lear  Mr.  Edison, 

I  heg  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  letter  of  the  22nd  ult. 
I  have  written  for  complete  catalogues  to  the  largest  music  pu¬ 
blishing  houses  in  Germany,  Austria,  St. Petersburg,  Copenhague, 
Stockholm  and  Kristiania,  and  will  send  you  these  in  patches  as 
they  come  in. 

Good  second  hand  book  firms,  specializing  in  books  of  music 

Anton  Goll's  Hachflg. ,  Musikverlag,  Wollzeile, 

Ludwig  Doblinger,  Musikverlag,  I  Lorothepg. ,  Vienna,  Austria- 
Karl  Hofbauer ,  Musikverlag,  X  Karntner  Str.,  Vienna,  Austria 
Hugo  Kneppler,  Musikverlag,  I  Habsburgerg. .Vienna,  Austria 
Bosworth  &  Co.,  Musikverlag,  I  Wollzeile,  Vienna,  Austria 
Verlag  Schuberthaus,  I  Elisabethstr. ,  Vienna,  Austria 
Bote  &  Bock,  KSnigl.  Hofmusikalienhandler ,  Leipzlger  Str. 

37,  Berlin,  Germany. 

Other* to  follow. 

Very  truly  YourB 






Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq. 

Edison  Laboratory 
Orange  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison, 

I  am  sending  you  to-day  under  separate  cover  the  first  lot 
of  catalogues  received;  they  are  from  the  following  music-publishers; 
Edition  Peters,  Leipzig 
Adolf  Fuerstner,  Berlin 
Theaterverlag  Ed.  Bloch,  Berlin 
August  Cranz,  Leipzig. 

Very  truly  yours 

^  Co., Ltd. 

/V^N  *  '  '  lidisoix  Works 

I  J&rji.  \  Willewden  JiiTictio  «i,  Loiidon,?s.W. 

JttZT*  Kdisor*  1  ‘ 1 1 < » 1 1  < » « | r i 1 1 » 1 1 S  .<•  1 1 y < •  < c.r\ 

(^tiomai  (1  Gliioiu  /  Ay 

>  A.  Edison  Bsq.  ,  ■•fT®  '  /  ,  •> 

Hxc^as  A.  Edison  Ihcorportffcad^jQ  1/  / 

Orange ,  1T..T.  *•  [/  /  / 

Y/e  enclose  herewith  copy  of  a  letter  addressed  to  Hr. 

Y/alter  Stevens,  giving.  partic  ulars  regarding  two  cases  of  Test 

Hasters  con  tuning  respectively,  20  &  17„  in  accordance  with  the 

details  gi^plPn  the  attached  list’s.;,  .  . 

\{\  Yours  truly,  ;«• 


Assistant  General  Manage 




Dear  Sir, 

Wo  e 

shipment  por 


3-vono,  Hanago:c|g 
A.  Edison  Ine^r 
Orange,  II.  1.  ' 

9 tli  Eehruary  1012. 

ro  tills  day  Handing  to  Messrs.  T-urihffiu  fc  Moore  for 
g/s  "Minnehaha"  sailing  on  the  10th  inst.  ,  throe 

cases  marfcod 

,  T. _ A. 

STI  The.  Orange , 

1I.J.  ,  U.’i.A. 

One  of  those  cases  contains  too  lantern  illuminators  which  are 
being  forwarded  hy  Hr.  Cromelin’s  instructions,  and  in  regard  to 
which  ho  will  he  writing  further  particulars..  She  0 filer  two  cases 
contain  respectively ,  20  &  17  Test  Master  Ilecords  made  for  Hr. 

We  have  instructed  Honors.  iAinham  &  Hoore  to  forward 

direct  to  you:- 

X.  original  uAading , 

2  Our  invoice  for  Customs  purposes  Ko.6698  showing  an 
amount  of  £10.12.0. 

We  head  you  herewith: duplicate  copy  of  this  invoice, 
and  will  forward  you  duplicate  copy  of  BA^ing  aa  soon  as  we 


Ur,  '."altar  Gtovens; 

receive  this  from  Messrs.  turiJjam  &  Moore.  * 

WO  trust  you  will  Have  no  difficulty  in  clearing  the 
shipment,  and  wo  would  ask  yoi|jfp:  forward  soma  to  the  factory. 

Yours  truly, 


Diet.  8. 2.12. 

Assistant  General  Manager. 




ORANGE  IT.  J.  ,  U.S.A. 

Mr.  Ivor  V/alters. 

I.Iioo  Violet  Elliott. 
Miss  Lilian  Dillingham. 
Hr.  Hughes  Macklin. 
Miss  Janet  Heinsley. 

Miss  Lily  Pairney. 

Mr.  Leon  Eastovsky. 
Hiss  L.  Evana-V/ilJ-iaras. 
Mr.  D’ Arcy  V/oolven. 

Mr.  Jatkson  Potter. 

Tenor.  Scale. 

"  Song. 

Contralto.  Scale. 

"  Song. 

Soprano.  Scale. 

"  Song. 

Tenor.  Scale. 

"  Song. 

Mezzo  Soprano.  Scale. 

11  11  Song- 

Contralto.  Scale. 

"  Song. 

Tenor.  Scale. 

"  Song. 

Soprano.  Scale. 

11  Song. 

Bass  Baritone.  Scale. 

11  "  Song. 

Bass  Baritone.  Scale. 
"  11  Song. 

1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Ifester. 
1  Master. 
1  Master 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 

20  Masters. 




E.  Inc. 

ORANGE.  N.J. ,  U.S.A. 

Mr.  Alfred  Heather. 

Mr.  Albert  Beresford. 

Mr.  Hubert  Eisdell. 

Mr.  Julian  Henry. 

Mr.  Norman  Williams. 

Mr.  Anderson  Nicols. 

Mr.  Alexander  debater. 
Miss  Louise  Simms. 

Miss  Chris tine^Bywater. 

Tenor.  Song. 

Counter  Tenor.  Song. 

«  "  Scale. 

Tenor.  Song. 

"  Scale. 

Baritone.  Song. 

11  Scale. 

Bass.  Song. 

11  Scale. 

Tenor.  Song. 

"  Scale. 

Tenor.  Song. 

»  Scale. 

Contralto.  Song. 

"  Scale. 

Soprano.  Song. 

"  Scale. 

1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 
1  Master 
1  Master. 
1  Master. 

17  Masters. 



February  13th.  1912 

Thomas  A.  Edison. Esq. 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Dear  Mr.  Edison, 

I  am  sending  you  to-day  under  separate  cover  a 
further  lot  of  catalogues  received;  they  are  from  the  following  music- 
publishers:  : 

Johann  Andre  in  Offenbach 
Fr.  Kistner  .Leipzig 
C.F.  Kahnt  Machfolger  Leipzig 
Julius  Hainauer, Breslau 
Friedrich  Hofmeister,  Leipzig 

Very  truly  Yours 


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PJIO/lAY  Dob to ary  3rd  1912 

Da ur  Dr.  Killer, 

I  have  no  vena  letters  from  you  Which  remain  un¬ 
answered  and  I  hare  not  replied  to  them  heretofor  hoping  to 
receive  later  instructions  from  you  or  hr.  Dyer  or  Kr.  Sdison 
which  might  clear  tip  the  conflicting  advices  X  have  received 
in  regard  to,  the  general  subject  of  record  -Hiking  and  in 
regard  to  eert^dn  artiste  in  particular. 

1  am  .sending  you  a  copy  of  letter  which  is  being 
forwarded  to  Kr.  2dison  in  regard  to  certain  trials  wo  have 
made  carrying  out  his  wishes  as  indicated  in  hr.  Dyer's  letter 
of  December  fcsth.  •  I  am  also  writing  a  litter  to  '!r.  Dyer  in 
regard  to  the  whole  general  oubjoot  copy  of  which  I  hand  you 
herewith.  Same  in  self  explanatory. 

h'o  advices  have  ever  been  received  from  !Ir.  Dyer 
countermanding  his  original  instructions  of  December  23th.  and 
naturally  I  ihavo  done  nothing  as  regards  Bonci  and  Duni  pend¬ 
ing  further!  advicuc. 

X  an  also  awaiting  response  to  mine  cf  December  18th 
ashing  for  full  and  complete  information  au  to  how  the  general 
matter  of.  boohingartists  ias  handled  in  the  United  Dtates 


Mr  Hiller  Contd  Page  2 

und  indicating  ray  desire  to  know  what  the  wishes  of  the  Company 
wore . 

I  pussod  the  word  along  to  Ashton  k  Hltoholl  on 
receipt  of  yours  of  Doooraber  22nd  and  have  had  oovernl  co  A- 
fercnoOB  with  hr.  Booohi  and  a  report  from  him  as  to  his 
various  activities  while  in  Italy  and  Spain.  I  have  also 
sought  to  obtain- his  co-operation  in  the  natter  of  getting 
the  test  records  hr.  Edison  requires,  he  feels,  and  X  feol, 
that  in  many  instances  it  will  he  quite  impossible  to  obtain 
those  tests,  and  that  while  v;o  ura  working  to  get  them,  we 
may  be  losing  opportunities  to  tie  up  artists  of  importance 
who  might  get  ovor  to  our  competitors. 

x.Ytras  &  HAimoLD. 

By  my  letter  to  Vx.  Ttyer  you  will  see  what  I 
wa3  driving  at  in  the  scheme  I  proposed  for  these  artist-m 
Meanwhile,  there  have  been  the  negotiations  jointly  on  behalf 
of  ourselvoB  and  the  Columbia  Company,  but  up  to  the  present 
time  we  have  not  been  able  to  close.  Hamraorotein  is  having 
difficulty  with  the  artiots  themselves,  and  as  he  is  entitled 
to  t)Of-  of  anything  that  they  cot,  the  matter  is  in  a  moss. 

Wo  hope  to  bring  it  to  a  head  sorno  time  boforo  the  clone  of 
nest  we ok. 

Word  has  boon  passed  along  to  tho  Paris  offioe  to 
negotiate  with  helna  as  per  the  authority  given  by  Mr.  Edison, 
but  tho  contract  is  not  actually  closed  yet. 

Bocchi  saw  Dani  in  Italy  and  reported: 

"I  think  this  artist  has  a  splendid  voice  and  should  bo  se¬ 
cured.  Would  be  willing  to  oing  ten  songs  for  £200". 


Mr.  Millar  Oontd.  Pace  ,3 

In  rognxd  to  Anaolai .  I  note  by  you r  late  advicoH  that 
we  are  likely  to  gat  him  for  a  limited  number  of  selections. 
Booohi  hud  Oft?J.od  on  him  .prior  to  your  advioen  eugccating 
that  should  he  bo  froo  from  hie  oontraot  with  Pontipia 
ho  ohould  accept  ono  with  our  Company.  Anaolmi"  taunted 
Boo chi  as  not  bo*®s  the  representative  of  cur  Company,  but 
that  ono  rirucuoci  had  been  to  sac  him  wan  :  hti  representative 
for  the  hationiU.  Phonograph  Co.  .  bcoohi  wan  worked  up  over 
the  whole  matter,  and  wanted  to  know  about  Brunaooi. 

I  told  him  that  while  I  knew  3runaoci  personally  I  did  not 
know  that  he  was  in  any  way  connected  either  directly  or 
indirectly  with  cur  Oonpany,  ana  would  not  believe  that 
he  had  boon  cent  evar  hero  to  negotiate  with  artists  on 
our  account  without  ay  being  informed  in  regard  to  the  matter. 

Vill  you  please  advice  no  wind.  relation  Brunaoui  has 
to  ub,  and  if  it  truo  Unit  he  is  our  representative  in  such 
negotiations  arid  ta»  ho  boon  over  oj)  this  side  negotiating 
on  our  behalf, 

Bpcchi  saw  Garibaldi  while  on  hie  trip  and  reports 
that  dta  in  very  much  upset  ha  causa  ho  lias  not  rooivod  another 
Agreement  and  if  m  do  not  renew  ho  will  aoccpt  offers  from 
other  Companies.  }ie  tuirhi: 

"I  think  it  io  u  great  pity  a b  no  doubts  lie  iB  one 
of  the  beet,  tartlets  in  I'nly  and  tire  principal 
me*z6’rBoprai»tP  wo  have". 

I  merely  poos  thie  along  for  what  it  is. worth. 

If  you  have  any  wishes  or  any  instructions  in  the  matter  please 
let  mo  hear  from  you. 

I  quote  below  comment  in  regard  to  several  artists 


Ur.  Miller  Contd  Page  4 

and.  about  other  matters  wliioh  Booohi  has  made  to  mo  for  your 
general  information  and  any  aotlon  you  may  vrinh  to  take: 

0.  D'Avigny. 

One  of  several  artists  who  haa  boon  tied  up  a:> 
clunively  "by  a  German  Company,  the  Polyphono .  Is  greatly 
dissatisfied,  and  would  he  willing  to  accept  £8  per  nong. 

Hari  XHooininl. 

Pupil  of  Do  Giorgio.  She  would  oome  to  Bondon  to 
record  in  .Tune ,  ton  songe  £00.  'fha  protege  of  Mascagni  will 
do  very  well.  Splendid  voice. 

Guv,  fie  Giorgio.  Propone e  to  sing  thirty  pieces  during  two  purely  ancient  music  of  classical  compoaorn  such  as 
Palestrina,  Straddle,  *tareailo,  Pergolesi,  Scorlatti, 

Handel ,  Gluck,  Cimoroso  ao  as  to  fora  a  sort  of  library 
of  songs  which  would  ha  suitable  for  religious  communities 
and  oonnervatoros  where  lev.)  songs  ohansonettos  and  other 
unsuitable  music  is  not  permitted  and  therefore  the  phonograph 
is  not  in  good  repute .  Shis  idea  would  he  a  nor;  departure. 

He  would  uooopt  £100  pe.  year  for  two  yoare  contract,  plus  7'ocohi  odds: 

"I  think  this  idea  is  a  good  one  and  should  he 
taken  up  as  there  iu  no  doubt  that,  it  would  ho  :i 
success  and  quite  a  novelty  on.'juiully  as  Cav.  do 
Giorgio  is  the  principal  toucher  of  Homo  and  is 
vrell  acquainted  with  all  the  black  aristocracy 
and  oould  give  ouch  a  push  to  those  discs-  that 
they  would  a  groat  success." 

I  have  advised  Booohi  that  X  did’n"  fool  oorapotant. 
to  pans  upon  such  a  px'oposition,  hut  have  requested  him  to 
Bubnit  a  list  of  about  tan  or  twelve  selections  such  as  ho 
would  nropooo  to  begin  tho  repertoire  in  question.  Up  to 
nov/  ho  hue  not  submitted  the  list. 



Hr  Pillar  Contd.  Bage  & 

Anita.  G.iaoo.'mmcoi .  Oho  would  accept  a  contrast  for  throe, 

years  ton  ccngo  fox  £60. 

"Ii23  avondarful  voice,  and  I  foci  sure  i  hat 
this  young  soprano'  will  rise  to  the  top  of 
the  profauaion,  mid  in  securing  her  at  such 
low  terns  the  y.P.  Co.  will  have  a  splendid 
artist  on  their  cooks.  She  sang  for  no  in  and  j  was  delighted  with  her  voice.  As 
a  light  soprano'.)  she  is  moot  charming  * 

Kraot  iiacconi  ■  Mould  be  willing  to  accept  £60  for  each 
recitation  for  not  less  than  five.  To-day  this  party  is  the 
<■<-/  principal  artist  in  Italy  and  I  can  easily  say  that  ho  is 

f**  like  fialvdrii.  He  is  uppoaring  in  hew  'fork  and  will  surely 

«-K£  I 

•  he  one  of -tho  big  succeusuo. 

Cav.  Jjoniiini .  3Ie  is  said  to  he  now  free  from  Ibntibia 
>vW»A.  He  ia  the  principal  baritone  at  the  Soalu  l’heatro  .fllun 
and  will  be  free  on  tho  loth  April,  and  would  sing  ten 
songs  for  5250.  To  secure  hi"!  would  he  advisable  fron 
all  points. 

Inoo  gerrai'S.  Soprano  appeared  with  Bonoi  at  Constant! ,  Rome. 
Created  the  part-  of  Sofia  in  the  Cavaho  della  Rosa  with  great 
success.  Think  she!. would  bo  a. good  acquisition  for  the  tT.P.Co. 
She  asks  600  francs  por  song  not  lean  than  ton. 

Spanish'  Music.  If  this  intereutB  tho  K.P.  0.  I  havo  neveral 
artioto  who  have . assured  me  that  they  will  give  me  the 
exclusive  rights  for  their  composition.  There  arc  alco  a  few 
Bingorn  who  would,  sing  theoe  compositions,  among  them  I  have 
Pablo  Buna  who  has  given  me  tho  rights  of  Molinoe  de  Viento 
which  ip  at,  prudent  one  of  the  most  popular  thing e  in  Spain. 


Mr.  Millor  Contd.  Page  6 

Hasoagni .  H&ostro  Mascagni  would  "be  pleased  to  aocept  a 
oontraot  with  tho  li.P.  Co  for  the  production  of  several  disco 
from  tho  Oporu  "Jnabouu"  £80  par  dine,  ifaecogni  would 
arrange  a  selection  for  each  disc,  and  would  give  the 
exclusive  rights  for  "iBaboau"  for  Talking  Mao3;ine  v;o ri¬ 
te  the  V?.?.Co.  Se  artiste,  we  could  have  JCoralok  as  one 
an  r.ho  is  at  proaent  singing  in  the  Opora  and  a  fovr  o thorn 
to  ha  selected  of  whom  Cav.  Mc-niiii  who  is  at  present  per¬ 
forming  in  "Isaboau"  in  Milan  could  he  one. 

Bo c chi  adao: 

"I  know  for  a  fact  that  that  Gramophone  Co.  are  trying 
their  utmost  to  have  the  rights  of  this  opera  hut  for 
reason  or  another  Mascagni  will  not  listen  to  then. I 
fool  sure  T.hat  if  we  could  huvo  tho  exclusive  rights 
oi'aisaheau”  no  other  company  in  the  world  could  pro¬ 
duce  the  disco  of  ouch  un  opera  and  v/o  should  havo 
great  advantage.  At  first  sight  it  oocme  a  little 
expensive  hut  I  still  think  that  it  would  ho  a 
good  advertisement  and  the  hoot  thing  \7e  oould  do." 

I  put  up  to  Bocohi  tho  point  aa  to  whethor  or  not  ho 
would  pay  the  price  suggested  if  conditions  wore  reversed 
and  he  owned  cur  Company,  and  got  him  to  admit  finally  that 
ho  would  not. 

I  asked  hi”  how  high  he  would  go  to  secure  the 
exclusive  phenographio  righto,  and  ho  suggested  that  about 
£;.00  would  ho  well  worth  while.  I  told  him  to  ooo  what 
ho  could  do  along  this  line  end  let  me  know  as  we  would 
give  further  consideration  to  the  ouhjoot . 

I  huvo  no  comment  or.  rocoramandation  to  make 
further  in  respect  to  the  various  mat  ars  which  Bocehi 



Mr.  Miller  Contd.  Page  7 

has  brought  to  our  attention,  'but  await  your  instructions. 

Of  course,  at  the  present  time  it  io  out  of  the 
question  for  vis  to  obtain  sample  test,  records  of  these 
singers  for  most  of  then  are  in  Spain  or  Italy,  and  we 
have  no  one  available  for  the  purpose  of  coin?  out  to  got 
the  tests  nor  have  we  the  machine. 

I  don't  understand  that  if  the  artist  is  well 
recommended  and  wo  are  sure  of  biiriposition,  Hr.  Edison  would 
insist  upon  having  the  sample  test  records  before  anything 
could  bo  done.  If  he  did,  I  should  consider  thio  most 
unfortunate  for  I  would  lihe  to  feel  that  When  I  am  ab¬ 
solutely  satisfied  as  to  the  importance  of  or  wisdom  of' 
a  deal,  wo  could  close  tentatively  and  not  run  the  chance 
of  losing  the  opportunity  because  of  the  long  delays  incident 
to  shipping  samples  to  America. 

Moping  to  obtain  full  and  complete  instructions 
at  an  early  date,  and  with  best  personal  regards,  I  an, 

Very  truly  youra,^  //  \ 

/  -■ 

■  -Han  gintXpirectoxh^^ 

T/.H.  Hiller  Eeq,  Uanager, 

He cording  Department, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Ino. 

59/83  Jilfth  Avenue, 



PR  I  ED  R ICHSTR.  10. 

'del/e/H' February  14th.  1912 

Thomas  A.  Edison.  Esq. 
Edison  Laboratory 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison,  ,  ,,  . 

Youreceive  to-day  under  separate  cover  the  cata¬ 
logues  from  the  following  music-publishers: 

Oluf  By's  Musikhandel,  Kristiania 
Norsk  Musikforlag  Kristinia 
Abr.  Lundquists  Musik  Forlag  Stockholm 
Elkan  &  Schildknechts  Musik  Forlag  Stockholm 
Schuberthaus,  Georg  Lewy.Wien. 

Iry  truly  Yours 

National  Phonograph  Co., Ltd. 

Edison.  Works 

Willesden  J unction, London, N.W. 

Kdison  Phonographs  &  Rcicords  bui 

the  PIICAv;  February  lHfe  1912 

nas  A.  Ed i sen  Esq, 
0P.A1TC-E.  h.'j. 


Supplementing  for'  -er 

I  band  you  herewi 

-ress  no  tices  and  particulars  rala-  ive 


artists,  trial  records  of  whom 

hiss  lily  Fairney 
Jiiss  Janet  Hemslev 
leon  Fastovsky 
Huglies  Hacklin 

This  completes 

:  been  forwarded  to  you: 
Contralto . 

Tenor . 

Tenor . 

about  all  the  artists  whose  records  have  beer,  forwarded  to  you 

with  the  following  exceptions: 

Albert  Bereeford  Counter  Tenor. 

V.'e  have  no  press'”  notices  of  this  artist  and  the  o'ly 
information  I  can  give  you  is  that  he  is  at  pr  sent  tour¬ 
ing  the  British  "usio  halls  in  the  Provinces  with  a  troupe 
called  "Dare's  Minstrels ". 

February  P.1,  1912, 

Mr,  Paul  II.  Croraolin, 

£  national  Phonograph  Co.  Ltd. , 

Killosden  Junction, 

London,  II.  K.  Kngland. 

I.-ear  Mr.  Croraelin: 

I£r.  Ldlson  has  finked  me  to  write 
to  yon  enclosing  Mb  comments  on  the  test  rocords 
you  have  recently  sent  hire.  At  the  sane  time  ho 
desires  me  to  call  your  attention  to  the  fact 
that  the  scales  as  sung  by  your  singers  are  not 
quite  what  he  wants,  as  they  do  not  bring  out 
somo  thingB  he  is  looking  for.  I  an  working 
with  him  on  the  subject  here  at  the  laboratory, 
and  at  his  request  X  am  enclosing  an  example  of 
tho  arpeggios  that  we  require  of  all  singers  who 
come  hero.  lie  ask.  sopranos,  contraltos,  tenors, 
and  baritones  to  start  on  tho  middle  C,  and  go 
up  half  a  tone  at  a  time,  taking  the  arpeggio  for 
eaoh  tono,  until  they  roach  the  highest  note  of 
their  respective  ranges. 

If  the  voice  indicates  a  rich¬ 
ness  in  the  lower  register,  wo  frequently  start 
again  at  tho  middle  C,  taking  the  arpeggios,  hut 
descending  half  a  tone  at  a  time. 

Kith  a  hass,  we  start  at  his 
lowest  tone,  taking  the  arpeggios,  upward  until 
he  reachos  the  limit  of  his  range. 

In  eaoh  case  we  have  each 
arpeggio  sung  in  one  hreath  on  the  word  "lo", 
and  have  it  Bung  smoothly,  or,  musically  expressed, 
legato.  Tho  roo$ronorae  indication  is  intended  to 
be  approximate.  If  the  arpeggios  are  done  too 
swiftly  dofects  in  sustaining  noteB  are  slurred 

Mr.  Paul  H.  Ororaolin, 

Foh.  21,  1912. 


trusting  that  thiH  will  all  ho  clear  to 
I  ronain. 

Yourn  Tory  truly. 



ED  ISDN  -  EE5ELL5EHAFT  M.ej.h. 


4<f.  February  22nd.  ID 12 


Dear  Mr.  Edison, 

You  receive  to-day  under  separate  cover 
following  music-publishers: 

Adolf  Robitschek,  Leipzig  &  V/ien 
Wilhelm  Hansen's  Musik-Forlag,  Kopenhagen 

the  catalogues  from  the 

Nordidk  Musik-Forlag, Kopenhagen 
Skandinavisk  Musikforlag,  Kopenhagen 
Peaer  Friis'  Musik-Forlag  Kopenliagen. 

Very  truly  yours 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq. 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr,  Edison, 

I  beg  to  3end  you  under  separate 
from  the  following  music-publishers 
Ziurneraann,  St.  Petersburg, 

Gutheil,  Moskau, 

'!!.  Bessel  &  Co.  St.  Petersburg 
Leopas,  St.  Petersburg 
Max  Brockhaus,  Leipzig. 

cover  a  further  lot  of  catalogues 

Very  truly  Yours 


THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  Incorporated 



27,  1912. 

Hr.  Walter  H.  Miller, 

Recording  Department, 

Sew  York. 

Dear  Sir: 

*r.  Cronolin  write.  »  16  "°ie  “  l0,*°  ' 

»P  the  Ot  Contract.  '•■«»  «“““  ““  jm 

„„a  I  have  written  to  M»  »"„»»>»“  .t  cron.  pirpooeo.  I 
tore  written  hie,  to-ow  to  correspond  always  with  yen 
to  thoee  natters.  oo  that  Jon  will  Know  otoctlp  whot  ie  horns 
done.  ilheroyer  nooossery,  ploooo  consult  with  Jr.  Euroon 
or  with  ne  on  any  leottor  that  yon  wish  adrioo,  «nd  send 

no  ooploa  ot  letters  yon  write  hr.  Oroneim  so  that  I  way  he 
kept  advised  of  the  situation. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Pro siaent. 

Hos. 46628  &  46734  t  F  v  / 

/\C  n  February  28th,  1912. 

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acetylene  lanys. 

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tory,  and  advise  Ur.  Edison  when  delivered. 

will  he  Glad  to  oarry  out  any  instructions  which  are 

the  =...„ JS^tr^SSS?  ns  meksw 

Mr.  Edison. 

We  have  actoowledsed  Mr.  Oromelln-s  letter  advising  that  the 
matter  up  with  him  direct,  if  necessary. 


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Knr.  8th,  1018 

Bear  I5r.  Cromraelin:- 

I  want  to  make  my  views  clear  fh  out  the  making  of 
records  by  Opera  Singers. 

Wien  one  of  these  singers  is  going  to  make  a  record 
for  us  we  are  given  a  list  of  the  songs  representing  his  or  her 
repertoire.  Among  these.  I  have  frequently  found  there  are  many 
which  consist  largely  of  recitative,  or  else  they  are  nuoh  se¬ 
lections  as,  when  sung  on  the  stage,  are  successful  because  they 
are  accompanied  by  dramatic  action. 

How,  in  the  phonograph,  the  music  comes  out  of  a 
hole,  and  therefore  it  appeals  only  to  the  ear  and  to  the  emotions, 
unassisted  in  the  slightest  degree  by  the  eye.  Honce,  the  song 
must  of  itself  contain  the  elements  of  beautiful  and  melodious 
music,  and  must  appeal  solely  to  the  ear  and  to  the  heart. 
Recitative,  as  UBed  in  operatic  music,  is  largely  a  musical  de¬ 
vice  to  introduoo  a  speaking  part  which  carries  part  of  tho  plot, 
and  as  a  rule  it  is  accompanied  hy  dramatic  action  and,  as  music, 
is  not  especially  interesting,  therefore,  when  it  comes  out  of 
a  hole,  the  listener  cannot  grasp  the  true  relation  to  the  con¬ 
text,  and  as  recitative  is  not  usually  of  a  melodious  nature,  it 
becomes  a  bore  to  the  hearer  of  phonographically  reproduced  music. 

How,  in  regard  to  other  oper&tic  songs,  there  are 

(jj)  liar.  Oth,  191?.. 

many  that  are  chosen  hy  singers  largely  on  account  of  aramntio 
possibilities  of  the  ransio  and  which  nay  show  off  their  voices 
to  particular  advantage,  although  such  songs  are  not  especially 
notable  for  distinct  melody.  While  these  songs  nay  repro¬ 
duce  well  in  the  phonograph  and  nay  be  admired  by  a  few  musical 
enthusiasts  who  may  be  regarded  as  "cranks",  they  are  not  the 
kind  that  produce  the  general  impression  which  makes  for  large 
sales  of  records.  There  doubt,  a  respectable  number  of 
people  who  really  like  this  class  of  songs,  but  the  vast  majori¬ 
ty  of  persons  enjoy  and  buy  records  of  songs  which  have  such 
a  distinct  and  beautiful  melody  that  a  satisfactory  recollection 
of  the  song  remains  in  the  mind.  The  operas  of  Bellini,  Donizetti, 
Rosini  and  Verdi,  for  instance,  have  many  Buoh  arias,  as  you  know, 
and  their  popularity  never  dies. 

I  am  sure  there  must  be  a  groat  number  of  melodious 
songs  in  existence,  ana  I  have  purchased  about  100  complete  vocal 
scores  of  operas,  well  known  ana  otherwise,  and  am  going  through 
thorn  personally,  with  the  aid  of  a  skilled  musician,  and  expect 
to  select  quite  a  respectable  list  of  available  numbers  which 
we  can  use  to  advantage.  1  have  done  considerable  work  on  this 
already,  and  shall  continue  the  investigation  When  1  return  from 
Florida  in  about  a  month.  When  we  engage  singers  to  sing  for 
us  1  expect  to  examine  their  repertoire  myself,  get  the  music 
of  any  selections  unknown  to  me  and  have  them  played  and  i-ung 
to  enable  me  to  judge  as  to  their  fitness  for  the  phonograph. 

Yours  very  truly. 


National  Phonograph  Co.Xtd. 

Edison  Works 

Willesden  J u nctio n, London, N.W. 

City  OfficnK  A  Showroom*!  25,Cl«rkc»woli  RoiUl.E.C. 

Edison  Phonotjraphs  &  Records 

PHC/ttY  ^  ^ _ :  larch  ath  1912 

Dear  "r.  Edison, 

Attached  hereto  is  a  list  of  Catalogues  I  am  for¬ 
warding  to  you  ir.  compliance  with  your  request  of  January  2 
.'lore  will  follow  fro  ’  time  to  time.  With  the  lot,  are  sene 
have  received  from  second  hand  shops  /nut  in  most  of  the  ?us 
Publishers  daces  they  say  they  do  not  keep  any  old  Catalog 
of  any  description.  „ew  '/usic  is  always  hoinr  added  to  the 
stock,  and  as  the  new  catalogue  is  '"rought  out,  all  the  old 
Catalogues  are  destroyed,  as  they  are  of  no  use  and  only  ta 





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tmmBR  LIMITED.  198  Regent  Street.  T. 

Organ  Uuie. 

Uuaio  for  String  Inatrunonta. 

•  ■  • 

Patera1  Edition,  Horelties  1911. 

Theaimatic  Mat  of  now  auooeaaful  aoaga  by  Evelyn  A  ah. 

Compositions  by  Harry  Targe on. 

Recent  Publications. 

Augener'a  Edition  of  Vooal  Uuaie. 

"  "  Pianoforte  uuaie. 

■  "  Organ  Uuaie. 

Pianoforte  Uuaie. 

Uuaio  for  String  Inatruaenta. 

Uodera  Organ  Conpoaera. 

Inatrumental  Uuaie. 

afimnmPKRO  HOPIOCD  &  CHET  ITS. .  16  Uortimer  Street.  U. 

Special  List  of  Uuaio. 

Aaoherberg's  new  and  popular  aonga;  Thermatio  List  Ho.l. 

Speeial  List  of  new  Uuaie. 

The  Musical  House. 

■RAYT.TEY  A  TKROPSOH.  2  great  Marlborough  Street.  T. 

Catalogue  of  Uuaio  for  Chur oh  Choirs,  Musical  Associations,  fto. 

BROOME.  T.H. «  15  Holborn.  E.C. 

Price  Liat  of  Uuaie. 


BHEITKOPJ  &  HARTKL.  64  Sr  eat  v.^Thorn»fih  Street.  W. 

Joh.  Sol}.  Bach,  Complete  Yorks. 

List  of  Orohestral  Studies  for  various  instruments. 

.  •  "  ■  •  • 

Richard  Strauss;  a  complete  list  of  his  Compositions. 

Claude  Debussy}  “  " 

Granville  Bantook;  *  * 

Jean  Sibelius;  Compositions. 

Prederi ok  Delius;  a  complete  list  of  his  Publications. 

Bthel  Smyth  . 

Breitkopf  *  Hartel’s  Popular  Bdition  of  Classical  and  Modern 
Music  1918. 

Musio  for  Mind  Instruments. 

»  ■  • 

Catalogue  of  Chamber  Musio. 

Orohestral  Music  and  complete  list  of  Miniature  Scores. 
Catalogue  of  Organ  and  Harmonium  Musio. 

Catalogue  of  Music  for  Mind  Instruments. 

Inexpensive  Editions  of  Wagner’s  Works. 

List  of  miniature  soores. 

Conrad  Kuhnerl  teaohing  material  for  t*  •  pianoforte. 
Universal  Bdition  (cover  missing) 

Orohestral  Music  by  Russian  Composers. 

Modern  Russian  Musio. 

Modern  Russian  Pianoforte  Music. 

Photo  Post  Cards  of  Musical  Celebrities. 


nnnfigf  &  GO.,  MB  Regent 

Royal  Albert  Hall;  Grand  ItXA  Jwtiwnl* 

Standard  and  Popular  Songa  and  Dueta. 

Imperial  Sdition  of  Song  Books  and  Rhythmic  Series. 
Albuma  and  UiaoeUanaoua  Volumes  of  Songa. 

CaTondiah  Xueio  Books. 

•  ■ 

Royal  Sdition  of  Song  Booka  and  Operatic  Albums. 
Catalogue  of  Oroheatral  and  other  Inatrumental  Muaic. 
Uuaioal  Cabinet,  Sacred  Uuaioal  Cabinet,  Ac. 

Booaey ' a  Hew  and  Popular  Songa. 

.  24  Barnare  Street.  T. 

Monthly  Bulletin  ond  Hot  °t  *»•*«  '»  “■»• 

Modem  British  Conponltiono  roprotontod  in  Oomon't  Blot. 
Specimen  Pagea  of  Sacred  Songa  and  Dueta. 

Curwen'a  Sena'  Voiea  Susie. 

Recent  Kuaio. 

Action  Songa  for  Sohool  Concerts. 
Xqual  Voice  Choruaaa. 

Litolff  Sdition}  Hat  of  Horaltiaa  1918# 
Snook' a  Pianoforte  and  Toeal  Xagaalnaa. 
Catalogue  of  Muaio*.  Pari  X,  Vooal. 

•  a  Part  2,  Instrumental. 


VRSTTCIB  DAV  *  l*gj 

Order  Sheet. 

0.W  «  — *  ^  “a  pi““,ort-  J“'w' 

Catalogue  of  no.lool  Publication.,  *o. 

Sixpenny  Popular  Iditions. 

pMwiiR  fc  SOP.  Henman  Street.  Ptooadilly  Clrousi.J* 

Sew  Conoert  end  Entr'acte  Music. 

t  »<«-,  ~  SBUssafe  Siissi^- 

Music  Students  Handy  Boole* 

The  Choristers  Companion. 

Met  of  Hew  end  Popular  Publications. 

Lffig.  *  x*  SSS.  QgSSl  SS£a«x2> 

— •  svsbsx nar of  IU*lia  ,,r‘°8" 

..»»■  *  Mi,  V-  —* *-S‘ 

statute  ftuot  MU  *" 

-y™  a  CO.,  g.  "Hf* 

Catalogue  Of  <•..>•>  *—  *•  T°“1 


T.TEWfnrrng  &  CO..  ALPHKD.  14  Berners  Street.  W. 

Thematic  List  of  Pianoforte  Pieoea  in  the  easier  grades. 

The  PoethumouB  Works  of  Anton  Dvorak. 

Augener's  Edition  of  Classical  and  Modern  Music. 

Peters'  Edition;  Royalties  19X1. 

Lengniok  Edition,  a  new  oheap  edition  of  Standard  Pianoforte  Pieoes. 
Muaioal  Eovelties,  1912. 

Catalogue  of  Pianoforte  Music.  - 
Popular  Pianoforte  Compositions  by  Rudolf  Priml. 
Alphabetical,  Register  of  all  vocal  music  by  Johannes  Brahma. 
Simrook's  Liederperlen. 

a  a 

Catalogue  of  Violin  &o.  Music. 

"  Pianoforte  Music. 

•  Organ  Music. 

*  Songs,  Duets,  and  Vocal  Exercises. 

MBTZUSR  ft  CO.  (1909)  DTD,.  42  great  Marlborough  Street.  W. 

Metzler's  Mastersongs;  Sohubert. 


Orchestral  Journal  of  Danoe  Music. 

Bizet's  "Carmen". 

List  of  newest  and  most  popular  Publications. 

PRICK  &  HEaroDDB.  AS  High  Street.  Eew  Oxford  Street.  W.C. 

Sixpenny  Series,  Imperial  Eovelties. 

Sixpenny  Series  of  Popular  Songs,  Eovelty  Dances,  fto. 


wTftMTOI  &  CO-  -  a..  268  ""fi""*  Street. 

.Mw  .«««.  Of  ««.™  ■»»**• 

M  3..,.  *«  «*->•.  “a  T 

Important  Text  Book.  for 
Pianoforte  Primer  By  Theme.  B.  S*ott* 

Bupplemento  All*  Appendlce  del  Catalogo  General.. 

twevtTOLDB  fr  no..  15  Hamer.  Street.  W. 

Humourou.  Sons*  tor  the  Drwring  Room. 

Sixpenny  Thermatic  Wet  of  Hupourous  Songs,  *e. 

RfTHOTT  ft  CQT|  IS1?  Regent  8treett3 

Great  Hippodrome  Suooe.e  By  Beo  Pall. 

Thermatic  Bi.t  of  Popular  Violin  and  Pianoforte  «u.ic.  Part  1. 
m  a  Pianoforte  Ku.iO|  Ho.l. 

The  Beat  Pari. 

Thermatic  Catalogue  of  Song,  and  BalUd.. 
Peter.'  Edition,  *®T.ltie.  19U. 

Music  for  Wind  Instruments. 

Richard  Wagner  mew  miniature  full  score.. 
Catalogue  of  Richard  Wagner's  Works. 

Select  List  cf  new  and  popular  instrumental 
Composition.  By  the  late  Al«.  Ouilmant. 

vocal  puBlioations. 


mnCACT  &  CO..  C..  196  Sha^*«»hurv  Ayenue.  B.C. 

Thematic  Catalogue  of  new  and  fashionable  waltzeu. 

.  .  a  Characteristic  Pianoforte  pieces, 

graded  for  teaching  purposes. 

TTunmT  MUSIC  CO.  HD.-  go  Berners  Street^  W. 

Catalogue  of  Part  Songs,  Cantatas,  and  Operettas. 

Theoretical  Tories  and  Music  Text  Books. 

Catalogue  of  Music. 

The  Organ  loft. 

Thematic  list  of  Pianoforte  Musio. 
a  "  Organ  Pieoes. 

PeacriptiTe  Catalogue  of  the  varoou.  Muaical  Text  Book,  and  Manuals. 

wnr  uTT.ggR  MUSIC  CO..  100  Charlnp  Cross  Road.  TtC. 

Popular  Sixpenny  Xdition. 

WTT.T.TMIR  1TD..  J.,  52  great  Portland  Street.  W« 

Catalogue  of  Musio,  String  and  Mind. 

a  «  Organ  and  Harmonium. 

Humourous  Songs  and  light  comic  numbers,  Duets,  Part  Songs,  &o. 
DcscriptiTe  Catalogue  of  Imperial  Iducational  Work.  on  Music. 

The  Berners  Idition  of  Standard  and  Operatic  Work,  by  eminent 
o  composers. 

A  Circular. 

Thematic  list  of  popular  Orchestral  Pieces. 

A  Catalogue  (oorer  missing) 

Mew  and  popular  publications  1912  Voice  and  Pianoforte. 

„  ■  a  1911-18  for  the  Pianoforte* 


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Hr.  Walter  H.  Hiller: 

Regarding  Mr.  Croraolln's  letter  to 
you  of  the  8th  inst.,  suggesting  the  nuking  01  a  new 
record  of  Adeste  Fidelia"  end  the  German  record  "Stills 
Haoht ,  Hoiligs  Uaoht" .  I  think  both  of  those  are  good  aug- 
.cations  and  that  these  records  should  ho  made  unless  the: 
is  some  definite  reason  to  the  contrary. 

CL  <5dwom_- 

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Boar  .dr .  Hiller, 

In  going  through  sorao  old  corrospondonoe  I  have  come 
across  yours  of  Oat:  155th  and  Got:  17th.  I  am  under  tho  impression 
that  on  a  rido  over  from  your  office  to  tho  staamor,  last  iiovambor, 

I  verbally  answered  the  various  questions  which  you  enquired  about. 
But  in  view  of  the  fact  that  the  Aot  will  go  into  effect  on  July 
1st  of  this  year,  I  an  posting  along  a  few  particulars  In  ropard  to 
tho  samo,  which  may  bo  hejhpful  to  you. 

Musical  worls  published  after 
oomraonoomont  of  the  Aot. 

Before  Dialing  any  mechanical  reproduction  of  uoh  a  worl, 
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been  previously  made  by  any  othor  person  or  persons  with  tho  consent 
or  acquiescence  of  such  owner;  and  in  the  event  that  tho  musioal 
worl  has  boon  previously  made  by  or  with  tho  consent  or  aorniosoenoo 
of  tho  owner  of  the  oopyright,  it  is  incumbent  upon  tho  company  to 
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made  by  the  Board  of  frado  to  or  for  tbs  bonofit  of  tho  owner  of 
tbo  copyright,  royalties  as  follows: 

For  all  rooords  sold  within  two  years  al’tor  the 

For  all  roooi'dc  sold  after  July  1st  1914,  5,^  of  tho 
ordinary  retail  selling  price. 

i'ho  minimum  royalty  on  any  one  roaord  is  to  bo  in  no 
oaso  ]  ess  than  one  halfpenny  for  eacn  sepmrato  mu^ioal  worj.  in 
whioh  copyright  subsists  reproduood  thereon,  and  whoro  tho 
royalty  calculated  inoludoc  the  fraction  of  a  fnrtning,  sue 
fraction  is  to  bo  rookoneu  as  a  j.artning. 

fho  company  using  the  musical  work  is  not  authorised  to 
male  any  alteration  in  or  omissions  from  such  wort,  unless  the  author 
has  permitted  or  acquiesced  in  the  reproduction  cf  the  wort  previous¬ 
ly  with  alterations  and  omissions,  or  unless  such  alterations  or 
omissions  are  reasonably  accessary  i'o.  ,_«la;iing  ..i„e  vorJ 

record .  Musical  works  published  before  tho 

:  j  '  i _ _ _ _ '  _ 

If  any  records  have  boon  made  or  placed  on  oalo  before 
July  1st  1910  of  a  work  in  which  copyright  still  suocisto  no 
royalties  aro  to  be  payable  in  respoot  of  such  records  which  are 
sold  before  July  1st  1913.  In  other  words,  wo  are  to  bo  given 
until  July  1st  1913  to  oloar  up  our  old  stock  of  rewords  of 
selections  in  which  copyright  still  rims.  As  rospeots  other 
musical  copyrighted  selections,  whether  published  either  before  the 
1st  day  of  July  1910  or  between  that  date  and  the  date  the  Aot  goes  into 
offoot,  July  1st  1912,  royalties  will  havo  to  bo  paid  on  all  rooords 
sold  aftor  July  1st  1912,  the  rate  to  he  Z'/Z’t  of  tho  ordinary  retail 
selling  price.  It  will  bo  observed 

W.H.  Mlllor  Esq.  (3) 

that  as  roBpeots  all  of  those  selections  published  before  the 
commencement  of  the  Act  the  rato  is  always  to  remain  2'/zl>  and 
is  not  to  bo  increased  to  July  1st  1914. 

In  regard  to  suoh  works  it  is  not  necessary  to  obtain 
the  consent  or  acquiosoonce  of  tho  owner.  V/o  are  freo  to  use  any 
suoh  works  at  any  time  v/ithour  making  applioation  for  permission 
to  do  so,  and  tho  restrictions  as  to  alterations  and  omissions 
aro  not  ayn-lioablo  in  regard  to  workB  published  before  tho  Act 
goes  into  effect. 

International  Copyright. 

Hio  benefits  of  the  British  Act  are  extended  to  oitizons 
of  foreign  countries  by  the  King  acting  through  and  by  his  Privy 
Council.  The  extension  of  the  rights  to  such  foreigners  is  done  by 
what  is  called  an  Order  in  Council.  Up  to  the  present  time  no  Order 
in  Council  has  been  mode,  at  least  no  order  effecting  the  operation 
of  tho  law  in  its  relation  to  mechanical  musical  instruments. 

Paragraph  E  of  sub-clause  7  clause  19  of  tho  Bill  provides 
that  tho  right  in  respect  to  the  making  of  records,  perforated  rolls, 
eto.,  oonforrod  by  an  Order  in  Council  relating  to  a  foreign  country 
shall  be  limitod  specifically  to  tho  extent  stated  by  suoh  Order  in 

Until  tho  Orders  in  Council  have  been  mado  and  issued, 
we  will  not  know  to  what  extent  the  mechanical  reproducer  rights 
jnay  be  conferred  upon  the  citizens  of  foreign  oountries  as  respects 
old  works,  but  for  the  time  being  tho  only  selections  on  which 
tho  owners  will  bo  entitled  to  demand  oopyrlght  foes  on 

XI.  H.  Minor  Esq.,  (4) 

July  lot  1918  aro  those  of  British  authors  and  composers.  Erom  time 
to  time  as  Orders  in  Council  aro  issued  and  wo  aro  advised,  wo  will 
lot  you  know. 

Erom  the  commencement  of  tho  Aot,  records,  perforated  rolls, 
and  other  contrivances  hy  moans  of  which  sounds  may  ho  mechanically 
reproducod,  shall  ho  oonsidorod  oopyrightablo  property  entitled  to 
full  protection  of  the  law  for  fifty  years  from  tho  mal-an-  of  the 
original  Plato,  and  the  Act  is  mdo  retro-active  so  as  to  extend  to 
records  which  wore  made  prior  to  tho  commencement  of  tho  same,  the 
person  who  at  the  commencement  of  tho  Aot  is  tho  owner  of  tho 
original  plate  or  matrix  being  considered  the  first  owner  of  tho 
copyright,  provision  being  made  however  so  that  no  duplicate 
(dubbed)  records  shall  he  construed  as  having  copyright  conferred 
upon  same.  It  will  be  much  observed  that  the  Act  protects  tho 
person  w£o  mates  an  original  record  hereafter  from  unlawful 
duplication  of  the  same,  at  the  same  time  protecting  the  owners  of 
existing  matrices. 

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to  from  time  to  time  in  the  Bri4*Ah  Act  is  a  government  department, 
the  head  of  tho  Board  of  Trade  Being  a  member  of  tho  Cabinet.  VTe 
have  not  anything  corresponding  to  tho  British  Board  of  Trade  in 
our  American  practice,  the  nearest  approach  to  some  boing  tho 
department  of  Commerce  and  labour,  although  that  Department  has 
not  anything  like  the  broad  powers  that  tho  British  Board  of  Trade 


r.  H.  Hiller  Esq 

2hs  Orders  in  Council  raffered  to,  aro  acts  of  an 
advisory  body  Inovm  s  tho  irlvy  Council,  v,hich  advisas  the  Eing 
on  all  matters  requiring  action,  acpooially  in  relation  to  fore if 
countries,  other  than  such  an  action  as  v/ould  require  a  special 

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Oorty  of  lot tor  •prasuiaahly  rsailod  oa  fltanlo. 

Hr.  Waltor  II.  Hiller,  li-napor, 
lieoordinp  PopartEont , 
79-05  Fifth  .' 

l>oar  Hr.  Hiller, 

I  duly  rooeivod  yours  of  torch  21st,  in  rerard 


various  singers. 

iiow  that  tho  Fonotipia  Oontraot  has  boon  filsoolved 
hy  mutual  consent ,  what  Is  our  position  as  ropardc  any  singers  Who 
w.y  nov/  t,0  working  on  an  old  Oontraot  vrith  thorn,  and  in  whom  wo  ray 
ho  interested?  For  osnmplo,  if  mo  could  mrto  a  oontraot  with  Bani 
to  go  into  offoct  at  tho  conclusion  of  his  arrangoroont  v/ith 
Fonotipia.  would  you  wish  us  to  uo  so.  or  to  talo  any  otora  along 
thoso  linos? 

I  noto  that  yon  holiovo  that  tho  ncoasaary  arrange - 
rants  have  boon  ma*o  v/ith  Annolni,  and  will  ho  glad  to  ho  advised 
as  soon  as  tho  oontraot  is  signed,  and  have  a  oopy  forwarded  horo. 

■l'hero  is  nothing  now  in  tho  ilhrrold  Lyno  cat  tor,  and 
in  viovr  of  tho  oontonts  of  your  lottor  of  torch  8th,  indicating 
Hr.  Edison’s  viows  wo  Iwe  not  pushod  the  negotiations.  Had  wo  oon- 
oludod  an  Agreement  with  HBrrold  hy  which  wo  would  have  to  pay 
him  in  advance  of  hie  singing,  it  w..a  our  intention  to  have  Lloyds 



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•jB'omas  ..liil  is  on,  ino., 

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mat, tar  has  3«st  oomo  io  bane. 

:.b  ailviBofl  in  Kino  of  iiaroh  11th.  wo  would  not  thin! 
of  r-oinp  into  any  deal  with  Kiriby  if  it  had  to  do  with  Cylinders  only. 

and  tho  principal  ruirroso  of  my  lotoer  wuo  to  aooortain  from  you  if 
poaoiblo  what  tho  intentions  v:oro  in  regard  to  going  ahead  with  a 

British  list  of  Disc  Motors. 

1  note  th  vt  you  nro  quite  oortain  instructions  will 
bo  pivon  to  po  ahead  on  each  a  Hat  within  tho  next  too  months,  and 
this  will  bo  a  pnido  for  no  in  oonnootion  with  deals  wo  nay  have  with 
local  talent.  Per  the  tine  ho  top  tho  deal  with  Kirl-by  is  off,  and 
aovoral  of  tho  lording  firms  are  now  endeavouring  to  pot  him  to 

agree  to  stop  only  for  records  which  have  a  recognised  position  and 
not  to  po  on  the  Biso  Bocords  soiling  for  ons  shilling  am  one  shilling 
and  sixpence.  A  similar  deal  was  attomptod  withjilly  VXUAam,  but 
so  far  without  duooosb.  ^ 


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These  together  with  those  already  sent  to 
you  inolude  the  most  important  Publishers  in  the  United 




x/  Allan  &  Son,  D.S. 

32  Granville  Street  (West),  Glasgow. 

v/  Augener  ltd* 

199  Regent  Street,  London,  tf. 

\/  Agate  &  Co, 

18  Poland  Street,  London,  W. 

/  Badh  &  Co* 

139  Oxford  Street,  London,  W. 

V  Barnett,  T,H, 

48  Mortimer  Street,  London,  R. 

v/ Beal  Stuttard  &  Co. 

231  Oxford  Street,  London,  H. 

V  Breitkopf  &  Harfcel 

54  Great  Marlborough  Street,  vr. 

Boooey  &  Co. 

295  Regent  Street,  London,  V. 

\/ Brookfield,  Thoe. 

Chester  Road,  Southport. 

y  Bnyley  &  EerguBon 

2  Great  Marlborough  Street,  London,  1 

y Blanchard,  G.B. 

44  Do  eebury  Street,  Hull. 

y  Bdwennan  &  Co. 

43  Poland  Street,  London,  H. 

‘''Blackburn  &  Co. 

'S  Broadbent,  John 

73  Earringdon  Street,  London,  E* C. 

s~  <Py tUcd  «£*•,  i  t^L. 

5  Claremont  Avenue,  Leeds. 

y  Cassell  &  Co.  ltd. 

La  Belle  Sauvage,  London,  E.C. 

V  craaer  &  Co.  Ltd.,  J.B. 

124  Oxford  Street,  London,  V. 

y  Clowes  &  Sons  Ltd. , 

23  Cook spur  Street,  London,  W. 

v/Culley,  Robert 

26  Pater neater  Row,  London,  E.C. 

S  Collard  Houtrie 

50  Southampton  Row,  London,  V?»C. 

✓  Cross,  Percy  J. 

10  St.  Peters  Square,  Manchester. 

V  Carey  &  Co. 

Oxford  Circus  Avenue,  London,  W. 

/  Chanot  &  Sons,  E.W. 

5  Soho  Street,  London,  "ST. 

y  Cranz  &  Co. 

13  Berners  Street,  London,  W. 

y  Chappell  &  Co. 

50  Hew  Bond  Street,  London,  V. 

y  Clifford  Essex  Co. - 

15a  Grafton  Credoent,  Bond  Street, 
London,  V, 

v/  Church  Co. ,  John 

N  45  wigmore  Street,  London,  W. 


j/  Craig,  Thomas 
\/'Curwen  &  Son  a  Ltd*,  J. 
v/  Cammeyer  Muaic  Co. 

«✓  Dallas  &  Sons,  J.E. 

S  Dawson,  W. 

•/  Duff  Sbnart  &  Co. 

'/Evans  &  Co. 
x/EUcin  &  Co.  Ltd. 

/Evette  &  Schaefer  (Hays  & 
v'  Enoch  &  Sons 
</  Porsyth  Bros.  Ltd. 

*/  Peldman  &  Co. 

«/  El  etcher  &  Sons,  W.J. 

/  Graham  &  Black 
/  Glen,  David 
/  Gould  &  Co. 
v''  Hammond  &  Co.  ,  A* 

/  Harrison  &  Co.,  E. 

1/  Kawkea  &  Son 
/Hays,  Alfred 
v/  Hughes  &  Son 
V  Burnt  &  Co.  ,  P. 

/  Hammond  &  Wright  Ltd. 

Hollander,  B. 

-v  Jones,  Stanley 
S  Kohler  &  Son,  X. 

■V Kerr,  James  S, 

363  George  Street,  Aberdeen. 

24  BernerB  Street,  London,  W. 

97a  Jermyn  Street,  London, SW. 

415  Strand,  London,  W.C. 

23  White  Hook  Street,  Liverpool. 

13  Little  Marlborough  Street,  W. 

24  Castle  Street,  London,  V/. 

8  Beak  Street,  Regent  Street,  London  W. 
Co)  26  Old  Bond  Street,  London,  W. 

14  Great  Marlborough  Street,  W. 

26  Great  Titohfield  Street,  London,  W. 
2/3  Arthur  Street,  London,  W.C. 

100  Bishop agate  Street  Without, 

London,  E, C. 

10  Hewman  St. ,  Oxford  St. ,  London,  W. 

6  Green side  Plane,  Edinburgh. 

25  Poland  Street,  London,  W. 

6  Kingley  St. ,  Regent  St. ,  London,  W. 

Denman  St. ,  Piooadilly  CirouD,  London  V 

26  Old  Bond  Street,  London,  W. 


6  Great  Marlborough  Street,  W. 

18  Pall  Mall,  Henley,  Stoke-on-Trent* 

10  Kewmon  Street,  London,  W. 

6/7  Hew  Arcade,  Herwport. 

101  Lei|h  Street,  Edinburgh. 

314  Paisley  Road,  Glasgow. 



-/Lafleur  &  Sons 
i/Lengniolc  &  Co.,  Alfred 
V  Lawrence  Wright  &  Co, 
v/  London  Publishing  Stores  Ltd, 
s/  Linwood 
>y  Laudy  &  Co. 
v/netzler  &  Co.  Ltd, 

/ Methven  Simpson  Ltd, 

^  Harch-Cady  Publi  shine  Co. 

✓"  Marshall  Bros,  Ltd. 

Z  Horley  &  Co. ,  W. 
y  Murdochs  Ltd. 
y  uilsom  &  Sons  Wd,  ,  C. 
y  Moore  Etaith  &  Co. 

✓  Musioal  Kail  Office 
y  Hovello  &  Co. 
y  Oliver  &  Co. ,  Alfred 
v/  Opus  7iusic  Co. 
v/  Price  &  Reynolds 
>/  Pohlmann  &  Son 

✓  Parlane,  J  &  R 
y  Partridge  &  Co. 

/  Phillips  &  Page 

✓  Pitman  Hart  &  Co.,  P. 

/  Paterson  &  Sons 

✓  Rutter  &  Co. 

/  Reeves,  ^n. 

✓  Rudall  Carta  &  Co.  Ltd. 

147  Warwour  Street ,  London,  W. 

14  Berners  Street,  London,  W. 

29  Conduit  Street,  Leicester. 

22  London  Street,  London,  E.C. 

Eastwood,  Notts. 

86  Newman  Street,  London,  W. 

42  Great  Marlborough  St.,  London,  W. 

22  Reform- Street,  Dundee. 

16  St.  Indies  Walk,  Clerkenwell,  London, 
47  Paternoster  Row,  London,  E. C. 

6  Great  Portland  Street,  W. 

461  Oxford  Street,  London,  W. 

15  Milsom  Street,  Bath. 

19  Hanover  Square,  London,  W. 

161  Trongate,  Glasgow. 

160  Wardour  Street,  London,  W. 

82  Wroughton  Road,  London,  E.W. 

22  Leicester  Square,  London,  E.C. 

43  High  St. ,  Oxford  St. ,  London,  W. 
Prinoess  Street,  Halifax. 

Paisley,  Scotland. 

32  stockwell  Road,  London,  S.W. 

5  Oxford  Market,  London,  W. 

20  Paternoster  Row,  London,  E.C. 

26  Castle  Street,  Berners  Street,  W. 

2  Moorland  Road,  Lands. 

83  Charing  Cross  Road,  London,  W.C. 

23  Berners  Street,  London,  W. 


Reid  Brod. 

✓  Reeks,  H.  J. 

•'''  Swan  &  Co. 
v'  Sheard  &  Co. 

«/  Sohott  &  Co. 

Star  Hueic  Co. 

/  Southern  Kusio  Co. 

■y  Sfeiith  &  Co,  ltd. ,  R. 

Z  Saville  &  Co.,  ¥. 

1/  Stainer  &  Bell  Ltd. 
y  Solomon,  W.E. 

<Z  Thumham  &  Sono,  C, 
v/  Taylor  &  Rayward 
</  Turner,  John  Alvey 
Vincent  KUBio  Co.  Ltd. 
\r  Withers  &  sons,  George 
s  Wood  Hu oio  Co. ,  3.P. 

J  Warren  &  Phillip a 
y  Williams  Ltd. ,  Joseph 

✓  Wright  &  RoundB 

✓  WeekeB  &  Co. 

y  Watts  &  Co.,  H« 

'Z  Wheatley  &  Sono 
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v  Williams  Ltd. 
y  Tiokens  &  Co. 


72  Wells  St.,  Oxford  St.,  London,  W. 

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59  Castle  Street,  London,  W. 

196  Shaftesbury  Avenue,  London,  W. 

157  Regent  Street,  London,  W, 

51  High  St.,  Oxford  St.,  London,  W.C. 

23  Siloheater  Road,  St.  Leonards-on-Sea 
210  Strand,  London,  W.C. 

14  Berners  Street,  London,  W. 

Bruoe  Orovejt  Tottenham,  London,  H. 

27  Berners  Street,  London,  W. 

Church  Street,  Barnsley,  Elescar. 

Vandyok  Press,  Hull. 

39  Oxford  Street,  London,  W. 

60  Berners  Street,  London,  W. 

22  Leicester  Square,  London,  W.C. 

12  Rathhone  Place,  London,  W. 

150  Victoria  Street,  London,  S.W. 

32  Great  Portland  Street,  London,  W. 

34  Erskine  Street,  Liverpool. 

14  Hanover  Street,  London,  W. 

37  Crovmdale  Road,  London,  N.W. 

46  Terraoe  Road,  Ab eryatwyth. ' 

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26  Goodge  Street,  London,  W. 

Lancashire  Court,  Hew  Bond1  Street, 
London,  W,' 

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-  April  S9th  101S 

Hr.  W.H.  Miller,  Manager, 

Hooording  Bep't, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Inc. 

Beat  lir.  Miller, 

ITith  the  next  lot  of  oampleo  going  forward  to 
America,  you  will  find  a  record  eung  by  Archie  Anderson  en¬ 
titled  "Rill  Vo  Ho  Come  Back  Again";  aleo  one  sung  by  '.Tilliaa 
Eavidnon  eat  itioa  "Oh  Sing  To  Me  The  Auld  Scotch  Eangts". 

These  are  two  very  beatiful  ealectiono  made 
particularly  in  response  to  a  requeat  from  our  Glasgow  Dealor, 
and  after  hearing  thorn,  it  eeenm  to  me  that  they  arabt  appeal  to 
a  largo  claao  of  buyers  in  the  United  Stateo.  They  are  splendidly 
sung,  but  ip  view  of  the  dialect  I  thought  it  wise  to  have  prepared 
and  sent  to  you  a  oopy  of  the  words  and  you  will  find  the  same  here: 

1  am  directing  your  attention  to  them  with  the  idea  tha' 
you  might  find  the/a  desirable  for  the  American  Liot. 

Very  truly  youro. 


Managing  Director 


Ur.  Dyer. 

o  sure  so  ee  she  auld  scotch  sahgs. 

Written  by  Dr.  Bethune. 
Kusio  by  J.  I1.  Beeson. 

Published  by:  -  Paterson  &  Sons, 
26  Castle  St,  Iona  on,  b.C. 

When  she  sat  beside ®y  °^aQ^0°?h0  atlia  sootoh  sangs  to  no. 

ss  i  as  K  a  ss  aas:  s  ^  .-0**  «,  *» «. 

Sing,  only  o’  the  auld  sootoh  sangs  the  blithesoine  or  the  sad 

sis  iv“1r^£s‘2lS^  . , 

is  a  2S»  Sirs  £5  2  :•  5  SK:-2  J.  -4  «» -*•  *• ' 

j:g  s:r.  &  £isa  isis  ss  as:  £•  »M  ..  - 

Snng  by  Ur.  William  Davidson,  on  August  Supplement  41S.  1247<t. 




Written  by  Lady  Hairn. 

Published  By:-  Paterson  &  Sons, 
26,  Castle  St,  London.  W.C. 

Bonnie  Charlie's  now  awa  Safely  owre  the  friendly  main, 

Mony  a  heart  will  break  In  twa.  Should  he  ne'er  come  baok  again. 
Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again.  Will  ye  no  oorae  baok  again. 

Better  lo'ed  ye  oanna  be.  Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again. 

Ye  trusted  in  your  Hieland  men,  They  trusted  you  dear  Charlie, 
They  kent  your  hiding  in  the  glen.  Death  or  exile  braving. 
Will  ye  no  oome  baok.  again.  Will  yo  no  oome  baok  again, 

Better  lo’ed  ye  oanna  bo.  Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again. 

English  bribes  were  a'  in  vain,  tho'  puir  and  puiror  wo  maun  be. 
Siller  oanna  buy  tho  heart,  that  beats  aye  for  thine  and  thee. 
Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again,  Will  ye  no  oomo  baok  again 
Better  lo'ed  ye  oanna  be.  Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again. 

We  wutohed  thee  in  the  gloaming  hour,  we  watched  thee  in  tho  morning  grey 
Tho'  thirty  thousand  pound  they'd  gie.  Oh  there  is  nane  that  wad  betray, 
Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again.  Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again. 

Better  lo'ed  ye  oanna  be.  Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again. 

Sweet's  the  laverlook' s  note  and  long.  Lilting  wildly  up  tho  glen, 
But  aye  to  mo  he  sings  a  sang,  7/ill  ye  no  oome  baok  again. 

Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again.  Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again. 

Better  lo'ed  yo  oanna  be.  Will  ye  no  oome  baok  again. 

Sung  by  Mr.  Arohie  Anderson.  On  August  Amberol  Supplement  4K. 12471 
First  three  verses  only. 

May  1st, 


Mr.  Paul  n.  Cromelin, 

national  Phonograph  Co.,  Ltd. , 

Willesden  Junction, 

London ,  H . ff. , 


Lear  Mr.  Cromfiiin: - 

Iir.  Edison  haa  received  cory  of  your  favor  of  the 
10th  instant ,  the  original  of  which  you  say  was  presumably  mail¬ 
ed  by  the  Titantio.  AS  we  have  not  received  the  catalogues  men¬ 
tioned  in  the  list  accompanying  your  letter  it  seems  fair  to 
assume  that  they  also  were  on  the  lost  vessel. 

AS  to  duplicating  this  collection  of  catalogues, 

I  should  say  it  might  be  well  to  wait  for  a  while  longer  in 
oase  there  might  have  been  some  delay  in  other  quarters. 

I  will  heep  your  letter  before  me  and  write  you  again  within 
the:  next  week  or  two.. 

Yours  very  truly. 


'  National  Phonograph  Co., Ltd. 

Edison  Works 

Willesden  Junction, London.N.W. 

City  Offices  &  Showroom*,  SS.Clerkeowell  Ro«<l,E.C. 

Edison  Plionotjraphs  &  Records 

Thceuis  A.  Edison  Beg, , 

Thomas  A.  Edison  incorporated, 
Orange ,  E.  J. 

3rd  M«r,?1912. 

S\  ^ 

i  \y 

Soar  Sir, 

We  hand  you  herewith  oopy  of  a  letter  address#*  to 
Mr.  Welter  Stevens  giving  particulars  regarding  a  shipment  t 
one  ease  marked:* 

Bor  Mr.  Edison. 

Orange,  H.J*  U.S.A. 

This  ease  contains  18  Test  Masters  of  trial  artistes  foi 
in  aeosxdanee  with  your  instructions,  as  per  list  endowed  hers 






3rd  Uay  1913. 

'ir.  Walter  Stevens,  Kanager  foreign  Dopt.  , 
Thomas  A.  3d i a on  Incorporated, 

'  Orange,  H.T- 

Vo  are  forwarding  through  Hesors.  Xuriham  &  Hooro  per 
3/3  "Kinnewaska"  sailing  on  the  4th  toot.  ,  one  cnee  marhed: - 

It — Inc.  EorHr.  Edison 

Orange  ,  it.  J.U.3.  A. 

Thie  case  contains  18  Scot  Hosiers  forwarded  against  instructions 
received  from  Kr.  Edison. 

We  arc  requesting  Messrs.  Xunham  ft  Koore  to  forward  you 

direct: - 

1.  Original  B/fcading. 

2  Our  invoice  5742  for  Customs  purposes  showing 
the  total  value  of  the  goods  as  £ 

We  now  enclose  duplicate  copy  of  this  invoice,  and  will  forward 
duplicate  copy  of  B/Xading  as  soon  as  wo  receive  e«oe  from  the 

Trusting  you  will  have  no  difficulty  in  clearing  this 

ca3e  which  we  would  ash  you  to  hold  at  the  disposition  of  Mr.  Edison, 
We  remain, 







Mr.  P.  H.  Crons! in, 

London,  LriRlund. 

My  dour  Li'.  CromdLin:  - 

I  have  your  eriblo  of  the  iL!nd,  und  huvo 

replied  ns  follows: 

“fjoo  leucy  of  huyon  of  17th.  If  ParRhese 
io  uu But, i of hc to ry  for  dusts  postpone  ARontir.olli 
concerted  selections.  V.ill  write. 

In  ay  letter  to  -hyea  of  the  l'/th,  I  instructed 
him  to  secure  u  disc  record  of  Lor  Rhode  end  if  ho 
hid  voico  was  fairly  steady  it  ::lrnt  oe  worth  while  to  run 
a  rhmice  und  sinn  duets  with  ARUstinelli,  hut  m  case  nt. 
did  not  wish  to  tukc  this  responsibility  to  have  tier  uinR 
the  6  solos,  a  list  of  which  wc  huvo  sent  him,  and 
to  have  the  other  4  selections  sung  in  americu.  I  u_ucr 
otmid  he  in  to  upweur  in  Poston  next  opera  season.  X 
would  insist  on  him  loin*  this  work  and  any  ^P-nsoincnrred 
hy  him  coming  to  How  York  from  Moaton  wo  are  willinrr  to  pay. 
If  Borphetie  dooa  not  like  thin  arranges: ant  I  do  not  ooo 
how  wo  cun  help  it,  and  I  would  only  pay  him  for  the  6  solos 
he  in  to  muko,  In  case  it  should  so  happen  that  he  will  net 
•  -  - .  v/ill  take  the  other  4  selections  at  some 

corio  to  liooton 
later  date, 

AGOr.IlriELII  IUmuruins  ARustinelll  I  would  surest  that  she 

-  TTin?  the  6  soIob  we  have  picked  out  for  her  and  insist  on 

her  sinRinR  the  other  4  selections  at  some  later  date,  he, 
of  course,  to  stand  any  additional  expense  in  the  way  of 
carfare,  etc. ,  when  they  are  made. 

Frau  vour  correspondence  I  have  Rotten  the 
impression  that  they  insist  on  filll«C  their  contracts  on 
certain  dates  you  have  rIvu  them  and  that  they  will  not 
stand  for  a  postpohemont ,  but  I  think  you  i/ill  bo  able  to 
handle  thorn  in  a  satisfactory  manner  by  orlowinK  then  to 
oinr  a  certain  part  of  their  work  and  pay inn  them  foi  it, 
and  sincinn  th«  lwlanco  at  a  later  date. 

Uuy  Z',,  I'AZ 

Mr.  P.  H.  Crumolin:  #2: - 

VJi';:'j.’l)KA  Regarding  this  singer,  Kayo c  has  instructions  to  1'ini  all 
out  his  contract  with  solos.  Ur.  h’dison  claims  that  ho  will 
possibly  lot  his  solo  work  go  to  bo  used  for  South  American 
trade ,  in  which  case  I  would  suggest  that  ho  oingB  a  dace 
of  soloctions  that  would  go  in  that  territory.  Ventura 
might  suggest  certain  concert  songs  available  for  that 

K0KA1.K-C  In  your  cable  you  also  advise  that  you  notified  Kornlek 
tc  he  on  bond  for  use  in  concerted  numbers  during  the  i.onth 
of  Juno,  fir,  fid i son  has  not  yet  hoard  records  of  her  voice, 
but  will  do  so  in  a  day  or  so,  I  would,  however,  postpone 
the  engagement  you  have  made  with  her.  I  am  quite  certain 
this  can  bo  done  as  I  understand  she  is  an  artist  of  no 
groat  prominence  and  it  iB  hta*dly  probable  that  her  future 
bookings  arc  such  as  to  prevent  hor  doing  her  work  at  a 
•  later  date  .  • 

In  case  you  think  legal  complications  might  arise 
if  wo  do  not  complete  Agoutinelli' a  contract  I  would 
suggest  that  oho  sing  the  following  4  selections,  but  do 
not  attempt  to  record  them  unless  absolutely  necessary. 

Sola  nai  niei  prim!  anni— "Lohengrin"  (Wagner) 

Dal  giorno  cho  mi  son  data— -Louise"  (Charpentier) 
Caro  nome— "Rigolotto"  (Verdi) 

Aria  del  gioielli— "Faust"  (Gounod) 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mgr.  Recording  Department 


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Supplement  recently  aent  you. 







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inatant  anddld' naaJ.P.R  Lanara,  Tan  Ro  and  Augustua  »urtln;-;v 
•'  Baldwin  tha  paraono  named  li  thojpapor  writing -or  AeraaiBtot*",;;-^ 
■  haraimtO’annaotad^duly  algti  the4aald' Agreement  and  tlmt'.th*  nane  p 
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V  are  of;thoJreBpeotlwe‘propJ  •  handwriting  of’the'  a  aid- 

reapaotlTe  proper  handwriting  of  Sthe  -aald  H.  Render  Itrri*  at 


if  thlnfTwenty-aaoond  day  of  Juao  In  tha. 

nlni  hundred 

|  ,  |  .  ROTARY  P1TSI1C/.  . 

Names  and  Addresses  of  tlie  Persons  who  are  the  Directors  of 


(Signature) . 



National  Phonograph  Co.,Lt<flW\^ 

Edison.  Works  <tfr 

Willesden  Junction, London, L- 

m  Phonographs  "“'JJ 

ThomaB  A.  Ediaon  Esq.,  \  y 
C/o  Thomas  A.  Edison  Ltd., 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey,  W.S.A. 

vA  y 

td.,  W 

Dear  Sir,  ^  encl0Be  herewith  00py  of  letter  addressed  to 
Mr.  Walter  Stevens  advising  shipment  among  other  goods 
of  one  case  containing  sixteen  Test  Master  Records 
forwarded  in  accordance  with  your  instructions. 

We  also  enolose  typewritten  list  showing 
particulars  of  the  selections  recorded  on  the  Test  Master 

Yours  truly, 


Assistant  General  Manager.1 



5th  July, 1013. 


Ual  WsS  :a*s»eno, 
Manager  Forei*1 
Thomas  a*  1 

i  DepArtiwnt, 

~\Ws  Jersey.  U< 



Der.r  Sir, 

,-t>-  e.s.«0o6?.nio« 
coti  n  \  o  t?  to  Thou?' 

forwarding  through  Keourx 
nail  lntt  on  tie  10th  ixiot. 
in  ».  Udieoa  Inoorporutoo-j 
i:;£  ncr.t  street,  _ 

,  Lux.hau  &  Moon 
five  oases 

ir.3  Jest  Street, 

Be .v  York 

U.S.A.  For  10: . 

&&  r^irt^tiono 

they  are  being  forwarded. 

The  four  oaoes  marked: 

— E*  inc".  Special  Masters  1-4 

122  West  Street 
Hew  York 

factory  as  uouel. 


Hr.-  Walter  Stevenn. 

Wo  have  inotruoteOL  Ueoarn.  Lunham  &  Moore  to 
mail  to  you  direct  the  neoeoBury  Shipping  Docurcentn,  namely, 

1.  Original  Bill  of  Lading, 

1.  our  invoices.  5777  (£71.18.4d.)  &  5770  (£3.5. 8d.) 
ahoving  the  value  of  go ode  for  Customs  purpooeo. 

?,  Connulnr  Certificate., 

ancl «ts  now  enclose!  copies  of  those  '  invoices  af.rev.itii. 
of  Lad inf 

have  eft e clod  an  Inouraaoe  cn  the  oeventy 
Pino  Mao  tom  lor  -m  amount  of  £1050.,  hut  tho  Teat.  Huntero 
are  not  covered  hy  Insurance. 

We  truet  you  .'/ill  have  no  difficulty  in  i;J.enTing 
the  no  oc.t'f.i.'  through  the  Cnot.omo,  and  forwarding  U>  their 
reopen tive  dootlnation  without  delay. 

Totn-fi  truly, 

Tiiw  nmom  vnoKOCBAfH  comirr  ltd. 

A&ftintant  General  ih.nn.gor. 




For  Mr.  Edison. 

E.  Inc. 

16  Test  Masters.  133  West  Street  NEW  YORK 



Miss  Ethel  Dancy.  Contralto  Rose  in  the  Bud.  &  Scale  3 

Miss  Emilia  Corsi  Soprano  0  Patria  Mia  £  Scale  3 

Mr.  Charles  Roff  Baritone  Drake  Goes  West  &  Soale  3 

Mies  Hilda  Gragg- James  Contralto  Rose  in  the  Bud  &  Scale  3 

Miss  Ethel  Williams  Soprano  DeareBt  Heart  &  Scale  3 

Miss  Mary  Williams  Contralto  The  Rosary  &  Soale  3 

Mr.  Berwick  Cawley  Baritone  Love  could  I  only  tell 

Thee  &  Soale  3 

Carlo  Albani  Tenor  0  mato  aeil.  William  Te.ll 

-  &  Scale.  '  3 







^)  j .  CABLEGRAM 

Received^l6~BftOAD  STREET,  NEW  YORK 
MLBR  380 

LONDON  52/61 




Translated  by — - p 







Mi sb  Ethel  Danoy 

Contralto . 

Rose  in  the  Bud 

&  Scale. 


Miss  Emilia  Corel. 

Soprano . 

0  Patria  Mia 

&  Soale. 


Mr.  Charles  Roff. 


Drake  goes  West. 

&  Scale. 


Mies  Hilda  Cragg-JameB. 

Contralto . 

Rose  in  the  Bud 

&  Soale. 


Mise  Ethel  Williams 

Soprano . 

Dearest  Heart. 

&  Soale. 


Miss  Mary  Williams 


The  RoBary 

&  Soale. 


Mr.  Berwick  Cawley 

Baritone . 

Love  could  I  only 

tell  thee 
&  Scale. 


Carlo  Albani. 


0  mato  asil.  William  Tell. 

&  Scale. 



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lulison  lMionocjrnphs  &  Records  BU‘NO 


IH  REPLYING  .ODRESB  1"!  COHPANVNOT  THI  p  J{  C/ AP  .  - . Ally.  _27.  til..  1012. 

'.'an.  H.  i.'eadowcrof  t  Esq.,  , 

C/e  Thos,  A.  Edison  Inc., 

*  Orange,  M.J. 

Dear  i. ar .  Meadow  or  of  t , 

I  duly  received  yours  of  July  8th,  and  havepurchai 
from  Reeves  all  of  the  works  desired  by  Mr .  Edison  which  - 
on  hand.  As  anticipated,  many  of^these^ 
but  I  have  obtained  a  ‘ 

to  How  York  by  next  s 


vou.  nany  oi  uhh  »«■»  already  sold, 
interesting  lot,  and  they  will  be  shipped 


Herewith  please  find  Reeves  catalogues  38  and  39  in 
Others  will  be  mailed  you  as  issued. 

I  will  write  you  later  about  ^uari tell  and  send  you  by 
next  mail  a  complete  list  of  books  purchased,  invoice  of 

which  will  be  made  out  to  Thomas  A.  ndison  Inc.,  for  Mr.  ..dison  - 
personal  account . 

Awaiting  your  further  wishes, ■- 
Very  triily  y 


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LONDON,  N.W.  . 







SOLD  TO  Messrs  Thomas  A  Edison  Inc.,„ 

Or  png  j. 



To  oost  of  Boolcs  purchased  by  i 
Mr.  William  Reeves,  Bookss'--er  &  r 



27  July  1912 

S3  Charing  Cross  Ra,  London,  W.  C.  for 
Mr.  T.  8.  Edison  as  follr.vs.- 

j§.fe  in 

British  Minstrel sie  Vol. 

Carey's  Musical  Century 
Collection  of  An thorns 
Dibdin's  Songs  J$p arts 6mnti.i*  7  i’ 

Perron!.  Rapaodie  *  Pu^-T.  30oro 
Clees  and  Madrigals  -  Hovel- 5 
Hale  14  songs 
,  6  " 
andel ' s  Works. 

|tieai-0'  Come  let  us  sing 
"  Victory  at  Dett ingen 

"  Predk.  Prince  of  Wales 

AtAal  ia 

Occasional  , 

Ode  to  Queen  Anne  s  birtAday 
Ode  to  St  Cecil  las  Day- 
Seme  le 

Utrecht  Te  Deum 
/harmonium  Museum 
I  teller’s  Preludes 
I  Kaituiie  11  -  6  Overtures 
j  KJerulf  Album 
KnigAts  Musical  Library 
Lanza  6  Canzonsttas 
Loder  NigAt  Dancers 
MontAly  Musical  Record  Vo 1 1  *•  “  55 
NigAtingale  -  Choice  S’jlootlon 
Panofka  B  Vocalises 
Pascal  Album 

"  In  a  vi l 1  age 
Purcell  -  Dido  fle  Aeas 
Riemann-  Dictionary 
RigAini-  Vooalises 
SoAumann  50  Melodies 
Scotland  —  Goto 

Tiorp.  12  Lessons  -  9d,  24  Lessons  -  9d 
Smart  -  Collection  of  Songs 

Siniti'  -  3  Favorite  Duets  | 

Venetian  Racoolta 
Vn  &  Pits.  Danola,  Petite  . 

David  -  BuntafleiAe  2  vols. 

//ermann  2  vols- 

Music  -  Song' &  Dances 
Parry  -  12  S  ort  pieces  Parts  L  re 
National  Airs  ^English  ) 
special  notioej/ andel.  Overtures 

3  Vols 

The  goods  Invoiced  hereon 

re  the  subject  of  conditions  set  forth  in  our  price,  agreement, 

in.  undertaking  upon  Jjou 
Difference  in eeccAange  *4. 3 C/4.5 


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Successors  to 

National  Phonograph  Co., Ltd. 

Edison.  Works 

Willesden  Junction.London^N.W. 

3  A.  Edi non , 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Incorporated, 
Orange,  -Hew  Jersey,  U.S»4« 

Dear  Sir , 

V.'e  hand  you  merewith  copy  of  letter  addressed 
to  Mr.  V/alter  Stevens  giving  particulars  regarding  a 
shipment  of  five  cases  which,  go  forward  per  S/S 
"Hew  York."  sailing  tomorrow  the  3rd  inst . 

Case  Ho .4  marked  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

122  west  Street, 

Hew  York,  U.S.A. 

Printed  Matter 

contains  the  Music  Books  purchased  here  on  your  he half 
in  accordance  with  advi*ea  from  Mr.  Meauow  Croft  vino 
has  already  been  fully  advised  hy  letter  from  Mr. 
cromelin  in  regard  to  the  titles  and  cost  of  the  Music 
Books  contained  in  this  case. 



krk1  Amcvoi  ,1012* 

-■r.  T.’alr.or  Steveno, 

Haunter  Eoreign  Department, 

T'lo.-Hia  /;«  KUieon  In<3()i-r->i*t'.f.od, 
orange,  lew  Jersey,  li.S.A. 

Dour  Sir, 

We  are  forwarding  through  Heoars. 

&  Koora  par  3/5  "So*  York"  nailing  tomorrow  the  3rd 
inub.,  five  oaoaa  wltn  marks  and  contents  no  follows; 

Cc^io  1  i/.urKou  •£,  A.  How  York 

:■>*  In:;,  For  Hr.,  Dyor 


1  Syroacope  Camera  comp.Vty  vith  lottery. 

Cuho  ;;  marked  *?.  A,  Vow  York 

i;.  Use,  3?or  Hr.  Dyer  oonbnj  ns 

1  spare  battery  &  1  fils;  box.  for 
Gyroscope  camera, 

1  Patna  Homo  Cinematograph  complete 

with  two  fj.  lent  |  1  spare  box  lamp 
1  bottle  owner, t ,  1  film  mender,  &  ' 
•$or?.pi«d  knife  for  opi'incH,  1  box 
cleaning  accessories ,  1  spare  red 

Casa  5  e.ark«A  T.  A.  Novi  York 

S,  Inc.  per  Mr.  By  or  contains 

1  Tatho  screen  and  frame  l‘or  Home 

Cano  4  marked  Thomas  A.  Edison 
lax  "oat  street. 

Now  York,  U.S.A.  contains 

ituaio  Books  as  o numerated  on  the 
'Consular  invoice. 

Cnuo  t>  narked  T.  A,  isiZ  ’"eot  street, 

E.  Inc.  Hew  York,  U.S.A. 



-2-  Mr.  Walter  Stevengr;  .  -  ; 

27  British  Amborol  Masters  as  follows: « 

3  -  3.8*  Pfl  "OHRT.GTMA*  VAIHISS" 
o  -  (a-J-  "Bi'LECl'I OK  OP  GOUBOD'S  WALTZES" 

|  -  1P503  "VAT.BR  KAI" 

3~  12505  "THE  FLORAL  DAHCTJ" 

»  -  (1?)  "THE  CORPORAL'S  DITTY" 

3  -  12504  "ALEXANDER*  S  BAGPIPE  BAUD" 

»  -  3.2500  "BEAUTIFUL  GIRL" 

3  -  (o)  "THAT'S  V'HAT  THE  ROSE  SAID  TO  ME" 

3  IPftOB.  "FIDDLE  BIT  DEE". 

Cocos  ore,  two  nnd  three ,  containing 
Gyroscope  camera  ami  Pat he  Home  Cinematograph  with 
accessories  should  he  forwarded  to  K**.1  Dyer,  case  four 
containing  Music  Booko  should  ha  forwarded  to  Mr.  Edimn 
nnrt  case  five  containing  2?  Aiaberol  Ep stern  (British) 
should  he  forwarded  to  the  factory. 

vo  have  requested  Messrs.  Dunham  a:  Moore 
to  forvrp.d  you  direct 

1.  original  Bill  of  Lading 
S'..'  Our  invoice  Ho .57 S3  showing  m 
amount  of  £69. 5. G.  being  the 
declared  va.luo  of  -all  the  godds 
contained  in  the  five  cases 
for  Cuotoma*  purposes. 

.  3.  Consular  certificate  covering 

the  five  canes,  the  total  value 
Being  over  £20. 

v’e  now  enclose  with  this  letter 

1. Duplicate  copy  of  our  invoioe 
5792;  for  Customs'  purposes 
above  referred  to 
8 .Duplicate  copy  of  our  order  Ha 
•5386  calling  for  2,000  Amberol- 
records  of  tits  British  Hovemhar 
Supplement . 

and  wo  will  forward  duplicate  copy  of  bill  of  lading 

an  soon  m  uu  receive  same  from  the  shippers.  Ve  are 
advi nine  Hr.  liaison,  Mr.  Dyer,  and  Mr.  wilson  in  regard 
to  this  shipment,  and  ws  hope  you  will  have  no  diffi  city 
in  clearing  the  cases  through  the  Customs',  and 

forwarding  same  to  their  respective  destination. 

fours  truly, 



Copies  of 

Invoice  5792,  copy  of 
order  5388. 

Assistant  General  Manager 

THOMAS  A.  EDISON  LTD.,  n  p- 

c/jnmLOM  CL  cdwow- 

*  Successors  to 

.  National  Phonograph  Co., Ltd. 

!$\  Edison.  Works 

’  Willesden  Junction, London, N.W 

Edison  Pliouocjraphs  Records 

i  just  received  your  cablcgr; 

. 1 

In  reply,  ns  indicated  in  my,  letter  of  Ji 
which  has  doubtless  reached  you,  the  arrangement  _  we . i 
Columbia,  to  beat  out  the  Gramophone  on  I.hrtinelli  i 
v,-e  could  not  in  good  faith  refuse  them  the  right  to 
if  wo  had  the  power  to  uo  so.  -f 

The  paper  dated  August  3rd  which  I  hod  Ma 
was  hurriedly  scribbled  by  me  in  an  interview  with  h 
intention  was  to  tie  him  up  in  such  a  way  that  he  wo 
exclusive  to  the  extent  we  were  willing  to  duplicate 
offer  he  might  have  from  third  parties  m  the  fiu.uro 
the  wording 'closely  later,  I  found  that  it  ties  him 
way  that  he  is  not  emooworeu  to  make  an  exclusive  co 
anyone  else,  but  unfortunately  is  so  worded  that  he 
not  to  sing  for  others  if  he  wishes  to.  after  we  ha 
several  songs,  I  too!:  this  master  up  with  him,  und  o 
language  of  the  letter  so  as  to  make  him  agree  not  t 

52996  August  8-1912. 

'  MR.  F.  H.  HILLER . 

Referring  to  my  memo,  of  the  3d  Inst,  regarding  shipment 
of  records  from  Italy,  per  s/s  "Vaderland,"  I  beg  to  advise  that  the  second 
case  of  this  shipment  containing  disc  reoorda  and  phonographs  has  been  for¬ 
warded  to  Mr.  Walter  Miller,  at  79  5th  Avenue,  in  accordance  with  his  tele¬ 
phone  request. 




^  . 

Ur.  Yf.  H.  Hiller, 

Manager,  Recording  Cent., 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Inc., 

79-83,  Fifth  Avenue, 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Hr.  Miller, 

I  hand  you  herewith  the  original  of  pur  letter 
from  Martinolli  signed  August  3rd  of  which  you  have  hecn 
formally  advised. 

I  tried  to  get  an  interlineation  of  the  words 
■or  otherwise"  to  the  agreement,  signing  Doth  copiee  with 
my  initials,  hut  Martinelli  as  I  have  previously  written 
would  not  consent  to  any  change  in  the  original  draft. 

You  will  notice  a  memo  in  Bocchi'e  handwriting  on  the  top 
of  the  letter  however,  in  which  he  makes  a  record  of  the 
faot  that  Martinelli  gave  us  hie  word  that  he  would  never 
sing  for  any  other  Company  without  first  informing  us  and 
finding  out  what  we  intend  to  do.  This  is  the  best  we  car 
do  under  the  circumstances . 

Very  truly  yours. 

Managing  Director. ^ 

Dictated  by  Mr.  Cromelin  but  signed  in  Ms  absence. 



In  presence  of  Miss  Amy  Evans  of  the  Co vent  Garden  Theatre 
Mr.  Martinelli  gave  me  his  word  that  he  will  never  sing  for 
any  Phonograph  Co.  without  informing  us  first  and  see  what 
we  intend  to  do. 

(Signed)  A.  BOO  CHI. 

Edison  Works, 

Willesden  Junction, 
London,  N.W. 

Aug.  3rd  1913. 

National  Phonograph  Co.  Ltd., 

Dear  Sirs, 

Referring  to  the  ten  songs  which  I  have  sung  for 
you  and  for  which  you  have  paid  me  £43  (forty-two  pounds) 
per  song  and  are  to  p^y  me  a  royalty  of  10 $  of  the  wholesale 
price  of  the  records  sold  I  hereby  confirm  my  verbal  agree¬ 
ment  not  to  make  in  this  or  any  other  country  a  oontract  to 

sing  exclusively  or  otherwise  for  another  person  or  Company 
for  mechanioal  instruments  without  first  submitting  the 
offer  in  writing  to  you  and  giving  you  the  right  to  duplicate 
same.  If  you  do  not  agree  to  duplicate  such  offer  in  30  days 
I  am  free  to  enter  in  any  agreement  I  see  fit. 

I  also  confirm  that  I  have  not  made  records  for  any  other 

Very  truly  yours, 

(Signed)  G.  MARTINELLI. 


Aooepted  „  ... 

National  Phonograph  Go.  Ltd., 
(Signed)  PAUL  H.  CROMELIN, 
Managing  Direotor. 



August  13th,  1912, 

llr.  Meadcmreroft: 

I  return  herewith  a  letter  received  from  London,  referred  t 
me  hy  Hr.  Edison.  We  have  received  documents  covering  the  shipment 
referred  to  therein,  and  immediately  the  shipment  is  cleared  through 
the  customs,  we  shall  make  delivery  to  the  proper  parties. 



2»  flec'tf 




PPZ&  ** 

31st  August  1013. 

pi  id  ojJxu 

\  ©<->*- 

■T.  Miller,  ^ 

I  have  .-Inly  received  yours  of  August  7th  con.  inning 

luch  Mr.  Edition  sent  in  regard  to  the  tenor 

;■.  Walter  K.  Hiller, 

Manager,  recording  Dept  . 
Thomas  A.  Edition  Ino 
70-33,  Fifth  Avenue 
Her  York. 

;  for  the 

Martinolli . 

An  formally  ad vised  Llextinolli  hau  not  i 
Co lumbii  Company  up  to  the  time  ho  left  hors,  and  tin 
to  got-  his  in  Milan  later  under  their  general  arrangement  nith 
us  -  that  io  -  if  h«  v/iehsd  to  sing  for  them.  X  rill  make 
inquiry  of  tha  Columbia  people  and  auk  thorn  what  the  situation 
is,  and  oou  what  we  can  do  rith  a  view  to  having  than  stand  off 
as  suggested. 

I  note  that  you  have  been, able  to  close  with  Madame 
Labia  on  a  proposition  for  her  exclusive  services,  anti  that 
Ur.  Edioon  would  like  to  make  a  contract  along  similar  linos  v/itl 
Madame  Akte.  The  latter  singer  writes  that  she  expeoto  to  be 
here  the  middle  of  September,  and  wo  have  communioated  with  her 
stating  that  we  have  an  interesting  proposition  v 
up  to  her  when  she  is  in  London. 

:  want  to  put 
At  the  present  time  Bhe  io  in 



Between  the  EDI SON-OESELLSCHAFT  ra.h.H. .Berlin, Friedrichstr. 10 
(hereinafter  called  the  "Company")  of  the  one  part  and 
Mr.  Hermann  Moos,  Zurich  I,  Lowenstrasse  61  (  hereinafter  called 
the  "Agent")  of  the  other  part,  it  is  agreed  as  follows 
'  §  1  . 

The  Company  appoints  the  Agent  as  sole  and  exclusive 
agent  for  the  sale  of  Edison  Business  Phonographs  and  Accessories 
as  sold  hy,  and  listed  in  the  catalogues  of  the  Company  for 

•'  §  2  . 

This  agreement  to  be  for  one  year,  beginning  with 
September  1st  1912,  but  it  shall  only  go  into  effect  if  signed 
by  the  authorized  Manager  of  the  Company. 

§  3  . 

The  Agent  agrees  with  the  Company  to  purchase  during 
the  first  year  of  this  agreement  at  least  80  ( eighty )complete 
Edison  Dictating  Machines,  exclusive  of  Shaving  Machines.  Of  this 
quantity  20  ( twenty )machines  must  be  taken  until  the  end  of 
November  1912,  20  (twenty )until  the  end  of  February  1913,  20 
(twenty)  until  end  of  May  1913  and  the  last  20  (twenty)  machines 
until  end  of  September  1913. 

§  4  . 

If  the  Agent  has  fulfilled  all  the  conditions  of  this 
agreement,  he  has  the  option  to  renew  the  agreement  for  a  second 
year  on  exactly  the  same  terms  and  conditions,  with  exception 
of  the  quantity  of  machines  to  be  purchased  during  the  second 
year,  which  is  to  be  raised  to  100  (one  hundred)  Dictating  Ma¬ 
chines  (without  Shaving  Machines).  Of  this  quantity  25  (twenty- ' 
five)  dictating  machines  must  be  taken  every  three  months. 


•  The  Company's  terms  and  prices  to  the  Agent iwillvbe.y 

as  follows:- 

M.  25.- 

EdiBon  Dictating  Machine  with  Universal  Motor(woad-casing)M.390.- 
Edison  Dictating  Machine  with  direct  current  " 

Edison  Dictating  Machine  with  Spring  motor  " 

Hand  Shaving  Machine 
Electric  Shaving  Machine 
.  Machine  made  of  Steel,  more 

Repair  parts  and  accessories  at  the  prices  enumerated  in  the 
German  catalogues  of  the  Company.  These  prices  are  subject  to  a 
discount  of  4 (rfo  allowed  to  the  Agent. 

The  business  blankswill  be  supplied  to  the  Agent  at 
85  Pfg.  each  net.  Delivery  from  the  Company's  warehouse  Berlin, 

•  including  packing.  Transportation  at  the  Agent's  risk. 

The  Company  reserve  the  right  to  change,  the  list  prices 
from  which  the  before  mentioned  agent's  discount  is  to  be  ded^uct- 
edj  the  change  in  prices  to  take  effect  after  30  days  from  the 
date  of  notice  to  the  agent. 

I  Conditions  of  payment;  Net  cash  at  delivery  of  the 

goods  with  rfo  discount. 

§  6  .  ’ 

The  Belling  prices  to  users  in  Switzerland  will  be 
fixed  by  the  Agent  and  the' Company,  and  they  should  in  general 
be  in  accordance  with  the  selling  prices  in  force  in  Germany, 
but  may  differ  from  the  German  prices  in  so  far  as  this  may  be 
required  on  account  of  the  difference  between  the  Swiss  and 
German  custom  duties  and  freight. 

§  7  . 

The  Company  agree  to  furnish  the  Agent  with  a  supply 
of  their  regular  catalogues  and. their  other  printed  matters  . 
which  from  time  to  time  are  issued  and  in  such  quantities  as  the 
Company  may  consider  the  Agent  may  need.  All  other  expenses  for 
advertising  and  printed  matters  are  to  be  paid  by  the  Agent. 

§  8  . 

The  Agent  further  agrees  to  establish  Bub-agencies 

or  dealers  in  all  principal  cities  in  Switzerland,  whom  he 
supplies  with  the  machines  at  list  prices  less  a  suitable  retail 
discount.  The  names  of  the  Bub-agentB  or  dealers,  when  nominated, 
are  to  be  communicated  to  the  Company. 

The  Agent  agrees  when  appointing  sub-agents  or  dealers, 
not  to  impose  upon  them  heavy  conditions,  excepting  a  turnover 
guarantee,  where  this  is  deemed  necessary.  It  is  especially 
understood,  that  the  agent  is  not  permitted  to  Bell,  or  receive 
remuneration  for  granting  sub-Agencies. 

§  9  . 

The  Agent  agrees  further  to  have  all  customers  who  . 
have  brought  Edison  Dictating  Machines  through  him,  visited 
regularly,  in  order  to  ascertain  if  the  machines  are  kept  in 
good  condition  and  are  properly  used  and .he  has  to  use  his  efforts 
to  induce  the  owners  of  the  machines  to  keep  same  in  good  working 

§  10  . 

The  Agent  agrees  with  the  Company  to  sell  during  the 
time  of  the  agreement  only  the  products  of  the  Company  and  that 
he  will  not  directly  or  indirectly  be  interested  in  the  sale  of 
products  in  any  way  competing  with  the  products  of  the  Company. 

§  11  . 

The  Agent  agrees  with  the  Company  to  refer  to  the 
Company  all  enquiries  and  communications  he  may  receive  from 
other  countries.  On  the.  other  hand  the  Company  will  refer  to  the 
Agent  all  enquiries  and  orders  received  from  Switzerland. 

§  12  . 

The  Agent  agrees  that  all  rights  arising  out  of  this 
agreement  are  belonging  to  him  personally  and  are  not  transferable. 


The  Company  has  the  right'  to  cancel  this  agreement  at 
any  time,  should  the  Agent  fail  to  make  payments  when  due: to- -the 
Company  or  in  the  event  of  the  Agent  violating  any  of  theV condi¬ 
tions  of  this  agreement.  ■ 

4  . 

§  14  . 

It  iB  agreed  by  and  between  both  parties  that  this 
agreement  shall  be  construed  in  accordance  with  the  laws  in  force 
in  Germany  and  for  all  dispute  arising  out  of  this  agreement  the 
competent  tribunals  are  the  Amts-  or  Landgericht  Berlin-Mitte. 

Zurich,  17th  August  1912.  signed  H.Moos. 

Berlin,  2nd  September  1912.  Edison-Gesellschaft  ra.b.H. 

signed:  ThomaB  Graf. 


ThomaB  A.  i  Edison  Es<i. , 
Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Hr.  Edison, 

'•  10th  Sep 


Referring  tf^SAf  A^ustjto  that  Jean 

,  was  about  to  to  Pari Q from  a  holiday  in  Deauville,^ 

...  ...  11.,  -j*  • 

First  of  oil,  1.  not&ST’to  E**"  “£*, ,£%- *- 1  ] 

n  concert  in  America  thie  Winter.^  Bays  Mb  intention  1b 

appear  in  concert  in  America  thie  Winter.  %  eayB  his  intention  is 
to  remain  in  Paris  all  Winter.  He  leaves  for  a  visit  tp^ie  home  in 
Poland  today,  and  will  he  hack  in  Paris  in  about  a 

De  Reezke  expressed  the  greatest  interest  ir^he  story  I 
told  him  of  your  wonderful  improvements  in  recording  and  reproducing 
the  voice.  He  said  that  he  felt  sure  you  would  succeed  in  doing 
this  some  time,  that  he  had  never  been  satisfied  with  the  tones 
produced  up  to  now  by  various  makers  of  machines,  and  i*  the  machine 
was  as  I  told  him  he  '  would  be  glad  to  sing  for  you.  1  pointed  out 
to  him  the  enormous  value  of  this  perfected  instrument  to  him  in  his 
teaching  and  suggested  that  it  was  a  pity  that  his  work  should 

ThomaB  A.  Edison  Esq.,  .2.  10.9.13. 

confined  to  Paris  instead  of  for  the  benefit  of  students  and  music 
lovers  all  over  the  World  which  he  could  make  it,  and  in  a  manner 
which  would  he  satisfactory  to  all, by  means  of  your  new  Diso 
Phonograph  and  Records.  He  asked  if  I  could  let  him  hear  a  machine, 
but  I  explained  that  none  had  been  sent  over  up  to  the  present, 
and  promised  that  as  soon  as  I  was  in  position  to  do  so  I  would 
see  to  it  that  he  was  given  the  opportunity. 

I  do  not  know  how  the  idea  will  strike  you,  but  believe 
it  would  be  good  business  policy  for  you  to  present  one  of  the 
better  class  Disc  Machines  with  a  representative  assortment  of 
the  new  DisoB  to  De  Reszke,  first  of  all  in  order  to  keep  his 
interest  up  and  lay  the  foundation  for  booking  him  to  sing  for  us, 
and  seoondly,  with  the  idea  that  a  good  strong  testimonial  from 
Jean  De  Reszke  would  be  of  great  value  not  only  in  America  but 
throughout  the  World. 

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JtuCoU  :r- 





September  23,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison: 

1  hand  you  herewith  new  catalogue  JuBt  iBsued  hy 
the  Pathe  Co.  showing  their  various  forms  of  Disc  phonographs. 
You  may  he  interested  in  seeing  what  they  are  doing,  and  par¬ 
ticularly  the  prices  they  are  charging. 

I  call  your  attention  particularly  to  their  so-called 
"Duplex"  machine.  I  cannot  read  the  catalogue  myself,  hut 
it  looks  to  me  as  if  this  maohine  was  a  machine  with  two 
records  playing  in  synchronism. 

fid /i m  * '  Djphlf  ^ 

U)ofcriu.iu  - — 

unt.  ea=» 

THOMAS  A. EDI SON  Em.,  y  _  „a 

,.Lee  ter  <*•♦*** 





Dear  Sir,!/ 

,L<  4.*  *7-* 

Fop  favp  esteemed  of/^i 

C<-C  C,0»^/ 

0  R  A  H  0  E  H.J. 

dATJu  i„££  »C 

il  «-  ■^z 

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lugust  B  Inst,  was  duly  recei¬ 

ved  and  the  Instructions  therein  contained  will  have  *y  beet  at- 


1  Ven%.«.  | 

-&-*#  ifeff1 w£el »  etU/ji£it*lals’  of  aver  fifty1  singers^ 
taxon  hero  In  Mjllan,  and  this  will  end  «y  preparatory  worX  In 

On  the  16  Inst.  9  wUl  JP^lreotly  to  Russia,  visi¬ 
ting  St.  Petersburg  and  Moscow*,  xrxorthis  3r  will  go  to  Poland, 
Austria  and  Hungary  and  will  return  to  ^taly  for  a  few  day s^  at 
the  end  of  December,  before  going  south. 

hi  January  and  February  9  will  visit  France,  Spain  and 
probably  Portugal,  hi  March  and  April  will  be  In  Belglus,  Hol¬ 
land,  Nortern  Germany  and  probably  sweeden  and  Norway. 

Ae  we  are  very  much  In  need  of  concerted  numbers ,  In 
May  ft.  should  return  to  ihaly  to  taXe  concerted  operating reoorda, 
using  the  Artistes  that  you  think  have  the  proper  voice#  for 
this  work. 

ESTABLISHMENT  OF  AN  OFFICE  IN  MILAM  -iur  company*  like  all  the 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq. 

other  Important  talking  maohine  Companion,  should  have  an  offi¬ 
ce  in  Milan  with  recording  rooms.  This  is  the  operatic  oentre 
o <t tfs  world,  and  the  cnl^r  place  to  engage  singers  at  the  proper 
time  when  their  pretentions  are  moderate.  The  competition  among 
talking  machine  companies  is  going  to  be  verjr  keen  and  good  pho¬ 
nograph  voices  will  be  in  an  increasing  demand.  We  should  have 
a  competent  person  here  to  look  out  for  the  company »  s  interest. 

Besides  these  advantages,  an  office  In  Milan  would  save 
all  the  railroad  fares  now  paid  to  Artistes  to  go  to  Paris  and 
London,  The  musicians  will  cost  half  the  price  paid  them  in  the 
above  Maces .  *n  Milan  It  will  be  easier  to  stake  concerted  num¬ 
bers,  as  nearly  all  the  good  singers  come  thlB  city  between 

This  office  would  have  importance  not  for  Italian  music 
only,  but  for  Reiman  and  French  music  as  welly  as  the  world  de¬ 
mands  for  nearly  everything  singable  In  the  Italian  language. 

The  south  American,  countries ,  Spain,  Italy,  Russia,  Australia, 
etc,  wants  Oerman  and  French  music  in  the  Italian  language  and 
by  Italian  tlngere.  considering  the  importance  of  this  office, 
and  because  it  mould  produce  records  that  could  be  sold  all  ©vs* 
the  world,  it  should  be  under  the  direct  dependence  of  the  Facto¬ 
ry  and  Recording  department,  that  should  appoint  a  manager  to 


Thomas  A.  Edison  Esq. 

work  In  harmony  with  the  Officers  of  the  Company  at  Orange. 


The  Milan  office  should  also  attend/^the  sale  of  the  factory 
products  In  Italy  and  southern  Europe ,  as  X  believe  this  terri¬ 
tory  was  neVer  given  the  due  Importance.  While  I  realize  that 
the  autput  possibilities  would*  nt  be  very  large^I  believe  that 
the  new  venture  would  pay  If  properly  managed,.  The  expenses  oould 
be  small  and  should  be  devided  between  the  recording  and  selling 
dopartements ,  and  the  Company  would  have  the  double  advantage 
of  a  base  of  supply  of  records  for  the  whole  world  and  of  a  new 
outlet  for  products. 

If  yos  are  interested, I  shall  be  glad  to  go  deeper  In  the 
matter  and  to  give  you  further  Informations  on  the  subject. 

with  kindest  regards, 

I  beg  to  remain, 

Very  respectfully  yours 

f - b t - 

Temporary  address  while  in  Europe: 

Via  Benedetto  Hurcello  09  -  Milano. 
Cable  address:  Edlfono  -  Milan.- 

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Hr.  Edison: 

and  Graf  tc 

October  18,  1912. 

Referring  to  your  memorandum,  I  have  cabled  Creme lm 
>  come  over  as  soon  as  possible  and  will  advise  you 
when  they  expect  to  sail. 


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Balance  sheet  as  of  31st  October  1912. 


Cash  on  hand  &  In  Bank 

Accounts  Receivable 

Reserve  for  Bad  Debts. 

Bills  Receivable 
Deposit  Acct  (Govt  Bonds) 
Inventories  per  Ledger 

144  Phonographs 
276  Dictating  Machines  &c. 
189,814  Standard  Records 
82,67  6  Amberol  " 

Phonograph  Supplies 
79,959  feet  Film 

4  Kinetoecopes  &c. 

75  Home  Kinetoscopes 
1,272  Dictation  Blanks 
400  feet  II.P.K.  film  «-o. 

Plant  &  Equipment 

Furniture  &  Fixtures 
Machinery  &  Tools 



1,  719.55 
3,517. 62 



2,77  2.33 

89,923. 15 


Total  Assets 

Capital  Stock 
Accounts  payable 
Reserve  for  Stock  Depreciation 

Total  Liabilities 
Deficit  as  of  31st  October  1912 

$  59,889.79 



Deficit  as  of  3lBt  December  1911 
Net  Loss  ten  mos  to  31st  Oct  1912 


Trading  Account 

Ten  months  ending  Oct.  31st  1912. 


Phonographs  & 


185  Phonographs  3496.51 
,73114  Standard  Recde  9740.10 
156  "  Opera  M  72.80 

29309  Amherol  H  6670.41 
327  "  Opera  "  253.42 

Phonograph  Supplies  2665. 76 
TOTAL  SALES  $  22899.00 

Dictating  Machines  &c  . 

515  Machines  &o.  36667.11 

1769  Blanks  398.67 

Film  &  P.K. 

Kinetoscopes  &  Pts.  48.68 
1310,085  ft  Film  89527.19 

Home  Klneto  &c. 

46  Home  Kinetos  &c.  2086.64 

351  ft  Home  Film&c.  136.06 

$2222.7  0 

Phonographs  1862.83 

Standard  Reoords  2231.33 

"  Opera  "  33.80 

Amherol  Records  3554.19 

«  Opera  "  161.86 

Phonograph  Supplies  1532. 12 
TOTAL  EARNINGS  $9376.13 

Machines  & c. 


14199.89  Kinetoscopes  &  Pts  5.20 

159.86  Film  24738.95 

Home  Kinetoscopes  &o .  976.08 
"  Film  &c.  90.68 




Statement  of  Expenses 
Ten  months  ending  31st  October  1912, 

Advert!  sing 
Travellers  Salarie 
Packing  &  Boxing 
Office  Salaries 



Officials  Expenses 

Printing  &  Stationery 




Legal  Expenses 

Customs  ■ 

Mi  scellaneous 
Interest  a :  Biscount 
Freight  &  Express 

Department  Heads 
Stock  Clerks 

46. SB 
1,067.  33 

312.  53 
308. 66 
81.  40 
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272.  64 

182. 16 
173.7  9- 






P.  K. 

3,  222. 81 

192.  33 
6.  98 

52.  09 
616. 25 

2.  65 
'98. 55 

$  5,882.35  $  2,812.8i 

6.  25 

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26.  28 
39.7  2 

$  1,112.78 
: 1.066.76 

$  46.02 

Net  Loss  Phonographs  &  Miscellaneous 
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$5,882.  35 

46.02  $8,7  41.  23 

Net  Gain,  Film  &  Pro j .  Kinetos. 


TRADING  LOSS  $1,012,28 


License  Charges  149. 63 

TOTAL  NET  LOSS  10  months  to  Oct. 

31st,  1912 


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Thorne  A.  Edison  Esq.,  President, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Ur.  Edison, 

Merely  to  give  you  an  idea  of  the  kind  of  advertising 
our  principal  competitor,  The  Gramophone  Company,  is  doing,  I 
hand  you  herewith  a  page  of  "The  Daily  Mail"  for  yesterday. 

This  advertisement  cost  approximately  $1500.  It  is  part  of  a 
"broad  campaign  of  publicity. 

The  Company  as  you  probably  have  been  informed  haB  been 
eminently  suooessful  and  has  earned  large  profits  for  itB  share¬ 
holders  continuously  over  many  yearB.  The  business  is  conducted 
along  normally  British  lines  but  they  are  going  after  it  seriously 
with  a  view  to  meeting  the  demands , of 'this^market .  ^ _ 



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Hr.  Edison: 

Dec.  36,  1912. 


Attached  copy  of  letter  from  Hr.  Cromelin  to  Hr. 
Stevens  refers  to  two  sets  of  first  list  of  50  Blue  Amberol 
Records  for  oach  of  28  factors;  two  additional  sets  for  the  uso 
of  Hr.  Cromelin1 s  travelers;  threo  each  Model  "A"  and  Model  "B" 
Diamond  Reproducers;  three  each  of  the  different  style  Arms  for 
changing  over  machines  from  suppliire  to  diumond  point  repro¬ 
ducers;  and  one  standard  type  4-minute  machine  only,  equipped 
v/ith  diamond  reproducer,  for  ouch  of  28  factors. 

As  authorized  hy  you  in  the  "General  Instructions 
covering  Hew  Policy  in  connection  with  i'uture  Handling  of  the 
European  Business",  shipment  of  all  this  material  was  made 

December  21st. 



/  y  s 


Mr.  V/alter  Stevens, 

Manager,  Foreign  Dept., 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Inc., 

Orange,  Dew  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Stevens, 

I  duly  received  in  response  to  ay  cablegram  asking 
if  the  Blue  Amberols,  Diamond  Reproducers  etc.  had  been 
forwarded  yours  advising  that  you  expect  to  ship  by  the 
"Philadelphia®  December  21st.  I  have  cabled  you  to-day  as  per 
copy  attached  herewith. 

I  wae  under  the  impression  from  Mr.  Edison's  instruc¬ 
tions  that  these  samples  would  be  shipped  at  pnoe  and  expected 
them  to  be  in  our  possession  before  the  end  of  the  present 
month.  As  I  advised  you. when  in  America  our  Blue  Amberol 
announcements  are  prepared  with  a  viev^to  int.roduoing  the  product 
in  February.  This  means  that  in  the  ordinary  course,  quite 
regardless  of  the  samples  Ur.  Edison  as  forwarded  here,  our 
orders  placed  regularly  with  the  Factory  for  samples  and  for 
Diamon/ Reproducers  etc.  should  have  been  executed  so  as  to 
have  the  goods  reach  us  before  the  end  of  this  month.  De  gat 



the  samples  out  to  the  Factors  ordinarily  to  he  in  their 
possession  hy  the  first  of  the  month  preceding  the  month  the 
record  goes  on  sale. 

I  am  very  sorry  to  learn  hy  your  telegram  that  shipment 
has  not  been  made  and  that  even  now  you  do  not  appear  sure  that 
you  will  ship  hy  the  "Philadelphia"  December  31st  hut  you  merely 
expect  to.  I  trust  that  on  receipt  of  my  telegram  every  effort 
was  made  so  as  to  get  the  shipment  off,  for  in  view  of  the 
present  state  of  the  cylinder  market  here  we  have  been  anticipating 
a  revival  based  cm  the  announcement  of  the  Blue  Amherol,  hut  you 
will  realise  how  ridiculous  we  will  appear  to  have  our  January 
announcements  out  booming  produot  which  we  may  not  be  able  to 

I  will  look  to  you  to  do  your  very  best  to  see  that  our 

customers  are  not  disappointed. 

Hoping  this  finds  you  well  and  with  best  personal 


Very  truly  yours. 

Managing  Direotor. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Phonograph  -  Music  Publishers  (E-12-67) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
the  selection  of  music  and  songs.  Some  of  the  documents  bear  marginalia  by 
Edison  or  otherwise  indicate  his  direct  involvement  in  the  evaluation  of  music 
and  songs.  Included  is  correspondence  with  George  Maxwell  of  G.  Ricordi 
and  Co.  and  Joseph  M.  Priaulxand  other  representatives  of  Charles  H.  Ditson 
and  Co. 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  of  routine  letters  of  transmittal,  price  quotes,  and 
additional  material  concerning  orders. 

~5?/wmtrJ  S^:  (Qc/tAvrt/, 

(^M/riOef  *yk$  JBn.  ] 

Mr.  Walter  Hiller, 

79  Fifth  Ave . , 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.  Miller:- 

Mr.  Edison  asked  me  to  look  over  these  programmes 
and  see  whether  the  music  was  listed  in  Schirmer's  or  Ditson  s 
catalogues.  You  will  see  that  I  have  made  remarks  opposite 
each  selection.  In  most  of  the  cases  they  do  not  appear 

in  either  catalogue. 

In  the  second  catalogue,  the  names  of  operas 
are  given,  hut  the  particular  selection  is  not  named.  Mr. 
Edison  wants  you  to  ask  Mr.  Vecsey  where  we  can  get  the  music 
of  the  selections  we  cannot  find  in  the  catalogues;  also 
what  the  particular  operatic  selections  are;  whether  they 
are  published  separately,  and  where  we  can  get  the  musio. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Jan.  17th.  1918. 

Mr.  George  Maxwell, 

Managing  Director , 

G.  Hicorfli  1-.  Go., 

14  Mast  43rd  St.. 

Bear  3ir:- 

yonr  favor  of  the  13th  instent  to  the  Edison 
Phonograph  Co.  has  been  referred  to  me  for  attention, 
in  reply  I  heg  to  say  that  the  earliest  form  of  the  Bfllson 
Phonograph  was  the  type  in  which  the  record  was  made  on  a 
sheet  of  tinfoil  placed  around  the  cylinder.  Shin  'VFS  ?n_ 
vented  in  the  autumn  of  1077.  and  in  1878  there  were  some 
hundreds  of  them  manufactured  and  sold.  As  the  incandescent 
electric  light  inventions  came  along  in  1879.  Mr.  Bdison  was 
continuously  busy  thereon  for  some  years  thereafter.  In  1887, 
however,  he  again  resumed  work  on  the  Phonograph  into 
true  commercial  shape,  and  evolved  the  present  type,  with  wax 
cylinder.  He  then  commenced  the  regular  manufacture,  and  the 
present  type  was  first  put  on  the  market  and  offered  to  the 
trade  in  1088.  If  there  is  any  other  information  I  can  give 
you  on  this  natter,  please  command  me. 

Hr.  Bdison  requests  me  to  say  that  he  is  greatly 
interested  in  music  of  all  kinds,  and  just  now  the  Italian 


G.H.  (B)  Jan‘  17j/l8 

especially;  and  he  would  he  pleased  to  have  yon  send  to  him 
a  complete  set  of  such  catalogues  as  yon  have  for  district J on, 
whether  they  are  in  Snglioh  or  other  languages.  let  me  suggest 
that  you  address  the  some  to  me  so  that  I  nay  bring  them  to  his 

Thanking  you  in  advance,  I  am 

Yours  very  truly. 


G.Ricordi^G  iM 



K.  lioadov/croft , 

Laboratory  of  ThotnaoA.  Kdisoti 

January  10,  llJ12 

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sending  you  a  complete  c 
of  any  "subject. 

innk  you  for  you 
catalogues  are 
Thoy  nro  divide 

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rather  numerous ,  t 
sd  and  sub-divided 

and  for  tilt 
I  take  pleat 
facilitate  I 


Yours  vory  truly, 

aioljn  (Siontu  &  Qloutpattg 

jjinporting  gailurn 
.  UD  Eaot  3iucutu-tl|irb  Street 
New  farh 

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Feb.  15th,  1912. 

John  Giorno, 

116  East  23rd  3t., 

Now  York  City. 

Boar  8ir:- 

Yoxir  favor  of  the  9th  instant  vms  received;  also  the 
booklet  containing  seven  Neapolitan  popular  songs.  I  would  like 
to  retain  this  booklet  and  will  renit  in  payment  of  same  if  you  will 
please  advise  mo  of  the  net  price. 

You  ask;  me  if  I  can  use  any  of  these  songs  for  the 
phonograph,  hut  you  do  not  make  any  mention  of  the  terms  upon 
which  you  would  he  willing  to  allow  me  to  so  use  them.  Please 
let  no  know.  I  understand  that  the  first  song  ("Core  -ngrato" ) 
has  already  hcen  sung  hy  Caruso  for  the  Victor  Company.  Have 
any  of  the  others  been  sung  for  talking  machines? 

Do  you  publish  any  other  music?  If  so,  will  you 

please  send  me  a  full  catalogue. 

Yours  very  truly, 


P.S. —  When  yon  reply, 
"For  Mr. 

please  put  on 

your  envelope 


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Mr.  John  Giomo, 

116  Bast  Ffird  !tt., 

3n-f  York  City. 

Dear  Sir 

Yonr  favor  of  the  16th  instant  has  hoen  rnonivod 
and  its  contontr.  noted. 

I  shall  let  yon  know  later  as  to  whether  I  can 
use  any  of  the  songs  which  yon  have  sent. 

I  thank  yon  for  the  com;liaentary  copy  of  the 
seven  Heapolitan  songs  which  yon  sc  kindly  rent.  ne. 

Yon  do  not  state  in  your  letter  whether  or  not 
you  fiefcl  in  other  Music  and,  if  no.  whether  you  have  a  cata¬ 
logue.  Please  let  ne  know. 

Years  very  tirly, 

(Sumto  Sc  (Gmitpaity 

3lmuartfat8  gnilnra 
11 D  Sant  Sltutnltt-lliirb  Street 
Neiu  fork 



March  f.V+.h,  1912 

Mr.  J.  K.  rriaulrc. 

10  Hast  34th  St., 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr,  Driaulx:- 

in  regard  to  the  -vocal  scores  of  the  operas  that 
yon.  have  been  sending  us.  I  have  been  so  busy  that  X  have  only 
just  had  tine  to  check  up  the  list.  You  will  find  enclosed 
.four  pages  containing  a  list  of  all  the  operas  of  Bellini. 
Donizetti.  Itossini  and  Verdi,  and  you  will  find  that  nost  of 
then  are  ticked  off  in  pencil-  These  ticks  indicate  what  I  have 
received  here.  There  seens  to  be  a  discrepancy  between  the  number 
that  I  have  on  hand  and  the  number  covered  by  your  bills.  Bid 
you  make  a  list  by  name  of  the  operas  as  they  werr  sent  to  us? 

The  first  bill  that  we  received  specified  the  operas,  but  the 
later  ones  did  not.  Unfortunately,  the  time  they  came  I  was 
up  to  the  ears  in  work  and  opened  the  packages  and  just  simply 
had  the  books  sent  up  to  the  Music  Boot,  where  they  were  cared 
for  by  one  of  our  young  men.  When  Mr.  Bdison  went  away  to 
Florida  I  had  them  brought  down  to  the  library,  and  they  have  been 
under  my  care  since  that  time.  Within  the  last  two  days  X  have 
been  checking  them  up.  as  per  the  ticked-off  lists  herewith. 

I  wish  you  would  kindly  have  the  matter  investigated  at  your 

Ear.  2tf/l2 

end  or  the  line. 

Of  course,  we  want  the  full  lint,  and  as  you  will 
8ee '  there  are  a  number  that  are  still  require*,  especially 
of  boss ini’ s  operas. 

„„  yon  not  think  in  »  possibility  ”r  »«•  fa0””le 
in  shipnent  b.tws.n  your  pl«o=  sn.l  ours*  I  —*“»  «■“ 
oonnt  of  th.  two  rt.niW  shipn.nts  of  shoot  nu«o  foot  ton.  >* 
(lotos  of  Pebrbor,  17th  »nd  fist-  «»•  r- 

o.ivoa  hsre.  If  tho  poohof-o  is  «»~t-  *>  »  *•  of 

laboratory,  it  do..  not  „o  to  th.  r.f.lnr  r«.MW  toon,  hot 
eooo  to  th.  Onto  House ,  tk«r.  in  no  possibility  of  «ny  oou- 
fusion  th.  nunhor  of  pn.»en.  rnc.iy.d  then,  in  .onm 
snail .  TMn  «  »n=h  s  noohnf.  non.  «*■"«  «"  «- 
Dennrtoent  of  th.  Horton,  thon.  is  noorooly  on.  in  .  hundroi 
that  it  would  foil  of  ».ine  d.liv.r.d  to  no,  on  their  o.n.tnnt 

effort  in  to  ol.on  pi...  of  »H 

As  to  the  one  copy  of  fannhauser ,  you  will  re¬ 
member  that  I  sent  you  sheet  music  to  offset  this. 

yours  very  truly. 



_ Mozart . 

"The  Violet"  - 

"Lorely"  . 

"The  Wanderer" - 

"A  Swan" - 

"The  Old  Mother" - 

"Press  Thy  Cheek  Against  Mine  Own 

"dedication" - 

"love  Song . . 

"Adelaide" - 

"Golden  at  my  feet 

"As  My  dear  Old  Itother  - 

"I  love  Thee" - 

"Prom  Monte  Pincio"- . 

"Eow  Gently  Here,  My  Gondolier  — 

"A1 1  The  Torment"- . 

"The  Sea"- - - 

May ,  1912 

Mr.  J.  E.  yriawlx, 

U  afo  C.  Ditaon  &  Co.. 

'  10  East  24th  St. , 

Dear  Mr.Priaulx:- 

1*,»  on.  CPJ  of  ...n  of  t.h.  fonowine 
,„„es  sent  «.  HU.  K.  W  *><”*'»•  4401  *"rt» 

31.  Y. 

anti  charge  to  ns,  aen'-ing  WU  to  r 

’’The  Violet”  - 

"lorely” - 

"Dreams”  —  - 

"The  VTanderer" - 

"A  Swan"  --  - 

"The  01(3  Mother"  - 

"Trees  Thy  Cheek  Against  Mine  Own’ 

"Dedication”  - 

"love  none"  - 

"Adelaide"  - 

"Golden  at  my  Feet" 












J.M.l’ .  («)  Ma7  2S/1S 

"AG  T3y  Sear  Old  Mother "  - Dvorak 

”1  Love  Thee"  -  Grieg. 

"Prom  Monte  Plnoio"  -  Grieg. 

"Itov;  Gently  Here, My  Gondolier" -  Jenaen 

,  „  _  partorewski 

"Ah  The  Torment"  - 

.  „  „  _  _  I'aeDowell 

"The  Sea"  —  -  - 

,  „  _  -  Strauss 

"Serenade"  - 

yours  very  truly. 


Mr.  C.  Oscar  Bllefson, 

Lock  Box  1?V, 
Proctor , 


Dear  Sir:- 

vov.r  letter  to  the  Bdison  Phonograph  Co. 
has  he  on  shorn  to  ne,  and  we  are  rmch  obliged  for  the  Hat 
of  songs  that  you  suggeat.  I  shall  have  them  sung  for 
me  and  then  decide  upon  their  availability  for  our  purposes, 
after  which  I  will  advise  you. 

Very  truly  yours. 


toeived  from 

June  20th, -1912. 


3  Copies 

y  Donizetti 


Aide  By  Jerai 




Ballo  in  Masohero 
Battglio  di  Lagnano  |t 

Don  Carlo 

Due  Posoari  n 



Pinto  Stanislao 

Porza  del  Destino  ; 

Giovanna  d'  Aroo  n 


Louisa  Miller 


Masnadieri  " 

Habuooo  n 

Simon  Boooanegra 
Traviata  " 

Vespri  Sioiliani 
II  Corsaro 
Annq  Bolena 
Betley  " 

Don  Pas quale 

Don  Sebastiano  " 

Duoa  D'Alba  " 

Elisir  D'Amore  " 

Pavorita  " 

Piglia  del  Reggimento  " 

Linda  di  Chameunix  ” 

Luoia  " 

Luorezia  Borgia 

Maria  di  Rohan  " 

Roberto  Devereux  ' 


La  Regina 

L'  Ago  nell—  „  . 

Adel s on  E.  Salvini  By  Bellini 
Beatrioe  di  Tenda  " 

Bianoa  E.  Fernando  " 

I  Capuleti  (or  Romeo)  " 


Pirata  " 



Straniera  ” 

II  Barbiere  di  Siviglia  By  Rossini 

Cenerentola  " 

La  Gazza  Ladra  ” 

Italians  in  Algeri  " 

II  Conte  Ory  JJ 

Moses  ' 

William  Tell 


Hr.  Meadowcroft, 

Edison  laboratory. 
Orange,  3.  J. 

Bear  Sir: 

Wo  b9g  to  inform  you  that  we  can  furnish 
the  complete  Unfinished  Symphony  by  Schubert  for  Small 
Orchestra  and  Piano  at  41*60  retail  less  £  to  you,  postage 


Regarding  Goldmark's  Overture  "Sakuntala"  ,  same 
will  coot  47»00  retail  lese  20$  to  you,  postage  about  12f^»  This 
work  comes  only  in  the  foreign  edition. 

"Andante"  from  the  "5th  Symphony"  by  Beethoven, 
we  do  not  know  for  Orchestra.  Therefore  we  are  unable  to 
qu0t9  price. 

Trusting  to  b9  favored  with  your  order,  we  are, 

Very  truly  yours, 

Chaa.H.Ditson  &  Co, 


uw»<?  &J~1  O  cxJi  a>-C^£U3  ^  txhjf~~j 

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CAy  i  (^  2- y 

C^e^eL^uxnJhi  ^dJu-M 

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[  G  Ricordi-G  . 

music  •  NEW  "YORK  publishers 


e,  Bryant  10  Cable  Address:  “ Idrocir,”  New  York 

Fourteen  East  Forty-third  Street 

July  9  j  1912 

Kindly  give  totter  titlcG  for  the  following: 

"Giocor.da"  IV  atto  Quoot'  ultimo  bacio 

'■Gioconda"  I . Terzetto,  soprano,  Mezzo-cop 

cant i  agli  angcli 

•<  X  "  Oh  cuor  dono  fur.esto 

n  XU  '•  Conccrtato  -  o  op  ran  on  tenore 
rezzo-copraro ,  taooo  e  oori 

e  adduci  al  Lido 

following  are  not  our 
Andrea  Chenier  II  att 
'•  IV  Vi 
Fedora  II  “ 

Ieateau  IlovituIII 
Arnica  I  " 

Unostro  Formrene 


o  Duetto  soprano  e  tenor  Ecco  l'altaro 
Duotto  Vicino  a  to 

'■  Lori3  Iparoff  oggi  lo  Czar 
»  tenoro  e  soprano  Dormivi  Sognavo 
••  sopYxmo  e  tar  it  one  Pin  proas  o  al  ciel 
Roman zu  Portarci  via 
'•  Vontaglio  albandonato 

I  atto  -  tenore  e  soprano  -  solo  jufe 
(Hon  la  sospiro  In  nontna  caootta) 

III  atto  -  tenore  o  soprano  )0h  dolvi  baci)  Tonor  solo  ojOtt 

Yours  truly, 

G.Ricordi  &  Co. 

Messrs.  Breitkopf  £c  Hartel, 

24  West  ?.Oth  St., 

Hew  York  City. 


Elease  send  to  my  assistant,  W. 
the  following  hooks  and  charge  to  me: 

On  Conducting,  hy  Felix  Weingartner 
Ear  Training,  hy  Br.  S.  JudasBohn 
Instrumentation,  hy  Br.  S.  Judassohn 
Yours  very  truly. 

July  10th,  1912 

H.  Meadowcroft, 



?7lA.  Zctia-, 

'  <hl  Coy%H4.ecf-t,o-n,  Ur-cftl 

CorUrc*.e,l  u^JlH  H astn^oC , 

KU,  T^^r,  ™ 

A£^  LJO^. 

7rZ^  ^  +°~j , 

Vjo^  U+Jc  ^crU'&  A*.fn*>3<*.e&~t. 

■dcj  fxAo~opicuft4i  ^  "■** 

Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

Referring  to  the  list  of  songs  headed, 
"SOITOS  FROM  DITSON'S  SUMO  FOR  UR.  EDISON"  (Selected  from 
952  songs) 

would  ask  that  you  kindly  send  me  copies  of  the  follovvinf 
num-bers.  I  spoke  to  Mr.  Edison  about  this  some  few  days 
ago  and  he  was  willing  that  I  should  have  them. 


charge  OF  the  LIGHT  BRIDGE  - .  G1°Ter 


FINALE — Oh  curse  me  but  my 


IL  SOSPIROJ  (The  Sigh)  -  - 
y.L'ESTASI  (Ecstasy)  - 

but  my  infant  spare— NORMA  -  Bellini 


*LA  FARFALLETTA  (The  Butterfly)  - 


m  THOU  EOT  nan!  OH  HI^-L'ELISIH  B'fflOHI  Donl.a! 


_  _  _  _ - Phelps 


X  THE  BUGLER  -  - . 





rtiterx  at  thy  desire 
bird  of  the  wing  -  - 

>*  '/Od^MvA  VttVVC*  ^  ' 






DI  Q.UAI  SC  AVI  (Why  Fall  My  Tears)  —I  MARTIN - Donezitti 

FOR  YOU  - 


HARK.'  WHAT  I  TELL  TO  THEE  -  - 





XNO  ONE  TO  LOVE  -  -  - - -  - 

OF  THEE  I  All  THINKING - -  • 















X  STRIDE  LA  VAJSPA(Upwards  the  .  .  .  Verdi 





X^THE  LOVER  AND  THE  BIRD  -----  - 


(Come  dearest  Darling) 


WHEN  FIRST  ON  MY  BOSOM  -  -  -  -  -  - 













If  you  will  have  them  ready  I  will  have  our 
messenger  call  for  them  on  Saturday  morning. 


V/.  H.  A.  Crorikhite 

(Copy  to  Mr.  Edison) 

g  W-vs  ■ 

Dear  Sir:-  / 

Your  favor  of  the  19th  to  hand.  In  reply  we  beg 
to  8ay  that  we  have  nrneh  pleasure  in  giving  you  permission 
to  use  an  enlargement  of/ the  chart  whioh  appears  as  a  frontis¬ 
piece  in  the  hook,-  Orchestral  Instruments  and  What  They  Do 
by  Daniel  Gregory  Mason,  makitfg  from  twenty  to  twenty-five 
blue  prints  for  your  private  use. 

We  would  ask  you  to  Jrindly  print  on  the  copies  that 
they  are  copyright  by  us  and  that  thet  are  printed  for  private 
^  use  with  our  permission .  t 

Yours  truly.  MEADOW  C^OFT 

^  c 





Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Politics  (E-12-68) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  local  and  national 
politics.  The  selected  documents  pertain  primarily  to  the  presidential  election 
of  1912  and  Edison's  support  for  Progressive  Party  candidate  Theodore 
Roosevelt.  Included  are  the  results  of  an  informal  presidential  preference  poll 
conducted  among  workers  at  the  West  Orange  laboratory. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  of  announcements,  unsolicited  invitations  and 
appeals  for  funds  from  political  parties,  and  other  unsolicited  items  with  no 
substantive  reply  from  Edison. 

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For  President,  THEODORE  ROOSEVELT _ For  Vice-President,  HIRAM  JOHNSON 

West  Orange,  N.  J.,  August  30,  1912. 


The  PROGRESSIVE  PARTY  of  West  Orange,  vigorously  advocating  the 
the  candidacy  of  THEODORE  ROOSEVELT,  for  President  and  HIRAM 
IOHNSON,  for  •  Vice-President,  and  resenting  the  unfair  action  of  the  1  att  Steam 
Roller  at  the  Chicago  Convention,  extends  to  all  citizens  of  the  town  irrespective  of 

former  Party  affiliations,  whether  Republican,  Democratic  or  any  of  the  old  Parties, 

a  cordial  invitation  to  attend  the  birth  of  the  new  party,  locally  and  enlist  in  the  ranks  at  a 


to  be  held  at . 


Valley  Road,  opposite  St.  Mark’s  Church,  Tuesday  evening,  8  o  clock  sharp, 


for  the  purpose  of  suggesting  and  endorsing  Progressive  candidates  for  town  offices  such 
as  Mayor,  Tax  Collector,  Town  Clerk,  Assessor,  and  a  complete  ticket  from  Constable 
to  Councilman  in  each  and  every  one  o  the  five  wards.  .  • 

There  is  a  strong  sentiment  for  a  change  in  our  local  government,  and  immediately 
upon  completion  of  our  ticket,  an  aggressive  campaign  will  be  waged. 


As  il  will  be  necessary  for  the  PROGRESSIVE  PARTY  to  nominate  by  pet.t.on  th.s  year, 
we  give  below  some  D0N>TS  F0R  PROGRESSIVES 

DON’T  take  part  in  the  Committee  or  Convention  meetings  of  any  other  party. 

DON’T  fail  to  resign  from  the  Committee  of  any  other  party,  .f  member  of  such  CommUtee 
DON’T  sign  a  petition  of  any  candidate  for  office,  unless  it  bears  the  name  of  the  PROGKtbSIVt. 

PARDON’T  register  as  a  member  of  any  other  party,  or  participate  in  the  pritTadw 

this  year  (1912)  as  such  action  would  handicap  you  in  taking  part  in  the  PROGRESSIVE  Primaries 

"eXt  Yo'u  can^ register  for  the  General  Election  on  September  10th,  September  24th,  and  October  22nd. 
September  24th  fs  Primary  Day  for  the  old  parties.  It  is  not  necessary  to  vote  in  any  of  the  party  boxes. 

P*°ggNTfe  and  no  longer  a 

Republican,^pano^at,^Indq)ender^J-eaguer,^or  ■  -^3*^  are  warned. 

If ^ou  cannot  ^teng^an^^desire^to'  enroll  under  the  banner  of  the  new  PROGRESSIVE 

PARBUSINESS  MEE™GSJa™  MONDAY  evening,  8  o’clock. 

All  are  Welcome. 





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Honorable  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange  J, 

Dear  Sir:- 

Springfiel<£  Sep,t.  31,  1913. 

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We  were  complimented  to  know  that  you  have  en¬ 
dorsed  the  Progressive  movement.  Our  club  has  been  hoping 
we  could  get  you  to  come  to  Springfield  and  address  us. 

This  section  of  flew  England  is  the  center  of  the  automobile 
industry  of  the  east,  the  United  States  Armory  is  located 
here  and  at  least  one-third  of  our  population  are  nngaged  in 
mechanical  trade.  To  these  men  your  history  appeals  with  a 
peculiar  force.  They  are  interested  in  whatever  you  have  to 
say  and  would  appreciate  if  in  some  manner  you  could  arrange 
to  talk  to  them.  We  know  it  is  something  of  an  imposition  on 
our  part  to  request  your  presence  and  we  also  know  that  it  may 
be  impossible  for  you  on  account  of  your  scientific  researches 
or  labors  to  give  the  time  to  anybody. 

We  hope  if  you  can  spare  the  time  at  all  you  can  spare 
it  for  us.  If  you  can  come  the  sooner  you  could  arrange  it  the 
better  and  we  would  be  glad  to  suit  everything  to  your  convenience. 
We  want  you  to  talk  on  your  reasons  for  supporting  Colonel 
Roosevelt  and  whether  you  say  much  or  little  it  will  be  valuable 
to  the  cause  of  Colonel  Roosevelt  and  grateful  to  his  supporters 
who  are  also  your  admirers. 

In  the  event  that  it  impossible  for  you  to  come  a 
letter  t=  u.  uould  b.  of  greet  help  end  the  Progr.e.i.o  Party 

Club  here  would  treasure  it. 

Of  course  if  it  is  possible  we  want  you  to  come  and  a 
letter  while- valuable  to  us  would  be  a  poor  substitute  for  your 

,  Fro.  a  publicity  at.ndpoint  the  nawupor.  fro.  here 

circulate  all  car  beater.  Ragland,  The  Springfield  Republic, 

n,  Springfield  Union,  The  Springfield  Daily  The  Springfield 

Tribune,  The  Springfield  U-eetead.  Through  the.,  you  could  t.lh 
to  an  immense  audience. 

1  doubt  if  any  of  the  people  in  this  section  have  ever 
seen  you  unless  the  few  who  have  met  you  in  other  places.  This 
section  the  mechanical  portion  of  Hew  England  would  welcome  you 

ae  perhaps  no  other  living  American. 

,a  hop.  that  you  ,111  b.  ,»»  ua.  Tha  .are  an.odnoa- 

•ant  that  you  aro  for  tha  oau.a  -a  ara  apr.udlng  broad- 
cast  as  you  will  notice  by  the  enclosed  postal. 



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This  Sample  Ballot  is  an  exact  copy  of  the  Ballot  to  be  used 
on  Primary  Day.  THIS  BALLOT  CANNOT  BE  VOTED. 

Republican  Primary  Ticket. 

Town  of  West  Orange.  Ward  No.  2.  Ejection  District  No.  2. 

Mark  a  cross  X  in  the  square  at  the  left  of  the  name  of  the  person  for  whom 

Favored  for  United  States  Senator  Vote  for  One 


For  Member  of  the  House  of  Representatives 


Vote  for  One 

Regular  Republican 



For  Members  of  the  General  Assembly  Vote  for  Twelve 



Regular  Republican 














For  County  Clerk  ,  Vote  for  One 





For  County  Supervisor  Vote  for  One 

j  ANDREW  C.  SNYDER  |  Regular  Republican 

--  -  -  —  t* - * — u.n.  Vnlo  fnr-Threc 


September  24, 1912. 


This  Sample  Ballot  is  an  exact  copy  of  the  Ballot  to  be  used 
on  Primary  Day.  THIS  BALLOT  CANNOT  BE  VOTED. 

To  be  torn  off  by  the  Judge  of  Election. 
Fold  to  this  line. 

Democratic  Primary  Ticket. 

Town  of  West  Orange.  Ward  No.  2.  Election  District  No.  2. 

September  24,  1912. 

Mark  a  cross  X  in  the  square  at  the  left  of  the  name  of  the  person  for  whom 

Favored  for  United  States  Senator  Vote  for  One 







Member  of  the  House  of  Representatives  Vote  for  One 

|  HERBERT  W.  KNIGHT  |  Democrat 

j  EDWARD  W.  TOWNSEND  |  Democrat 

For  Members  of  the  General  Assembly  Vote  for  Twelve 























i  • 














•Progressive  Democrat 









r  County  Clerk 

Vote  for  One 

GEORGE  GRIMME  ,  •  | 

Regular  Democrat 

Joseph  McDonough 



Progressive  Democrat 

For  County  Supervisor 

Vote  for  One 



Progressive  Democrat 




r  Members  of  the  Board  of  Chosen  Freeholdei 

s  Vote  for  Three 




Regular  Democrat 






Progressive  Democrat 



For  Mayor 

,  Vote  for  One 


For  Town  Clerk 

Vote  for  One 




For  Town  Collector 

Vote  for  One 



r  Member  of  Board  of  Assessors 

Vote  for  One 




r  Member  of  Town  Council  . 

Vote  for  One 



r  Justice  of  the  Peace 

Vote  for  One 


For  Constable 

Vote  for  One 


.  F 

Vote  for  One 




This  Sample  Ballot  is  an  exact  copy  of  the  Ballot  to  be  used 
on  Primary  Day.  THIS  BALLOT  CANNOT  BE  VOTED. 

•n  off  by  the  Judge  of  Election. 
Fold  to  this  line. 

Socialist  Primary  Ticket. 

Town  of  West  Orange.  Ward  No.  2.  Election  District  No.  2. 

September  24, 1912. 

Mark  a  cross  X  in  the  square  at  the  left  of  the 
you  wish  to  vote. 

name  of  the  person  for  whom 

1  Favored  for  United  States  Senator 

Vote  for  One 

r?  .  — 

For  Member  of  the  House  of  Representatives 

Vote  for  One 

|  T.  ALEX  CAIRNS  i 

Socialist  Party  Member 

For  Members  of  the'  General  Assembly 

Vote  for  Twelve 








Socialist  Party  Member 




ir  County  Clerk 



1  For  County  Supervisor 



1  For  Members  of  the  Board  of  Chosen  Freeholders  Vote  for  Three 



■  Socialist  Party  Member  ^ 


[  For  Members  of  the  General  Assembly  Vote  for  Twelve 



- 7 

Socialist  Party  Member 















>r  County  Clerk  Vote  for  One 

|  |  EDWARD  L.  ICLUMP  |  Socialist  Party  Member 

1  For  County  Supervisor  Vote  for  One 

1  |  THOMAS  H.  MOORE  |  Socialist  Party  Member 

1  For  Members  of  the  Board  of  Chosen  Freeholders  Vote  for  Three 



Socialist  Party  Member 



|  JOHN  T.  WHERKTT  . 


these  men,  showing  how  they  stand  on  the  three  Presidential  candidates! 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Valley  Road, 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 


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Mr  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange  ,  H.  J. 

Dear  “ir:~  Having  just  read  the  splendid  interview  with  you 
01  tho  DULL  MOOSE  subject,  we  beg  to  hand  you  a  sample 
of  one  of  the  greatest  Oampaing  Novelties  with  our  compliment s, 
which  is  making  a  wonderfull  hit  here. 

The  song  is  easy  and  catchy  and  the  men  take  hold  of  it 
very  readily,  and  they  certainly  make  a  great  sensation  when 
they  all  waive  their  BANDANNAS  while  singing  the  chorus. 

If  it  would  appeal  to  you  at  all,  and  you  would  kindly 
recomend  it  in  some  of  your  demonstrations,  we  would  be  glad  to 
make  some  very  low  prices  for  them. 

Very  Truly,  - 

P.  S.  —  .  Would  just  mention that  • 
75/  per  doz  or  48.00  per  gross. 

e  make  the  Handerohief  at 



October  9th,  1912. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

Ever  since  my  visit  with  you  the  other  day  I  have  been  moaning 
to  write  you  a  note  and  tell  you  how  much  X  enjoyed  it;  and  now,  in  addition  to 
doing  this,  I  want  to  tell  you  how  much  we  all  appreciate  the  splendid  interview 
you  gave  the  newspaper  hoys  last  Sunday.  It  has  had  wide  publicity  and  has  done  a 
great  deal  of  good;  in  fact  Mr.  Van  Vnlkenburg,  of  the  Philadelphia  North  American, 
told  me  to-day  that  he  thought  it  had  done  more  good  than  any  one  single  thing, 
mth  best  regards,  I  am, 

Sincerely  yours^/^  ^  ^ 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Valley  Road, 

Test  Orange,  N.  J. 

Harrisburg,  Pa.,  October"M"y "1912. 

Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Friend  Edison: 

I  was  delighted  beyond  measure  when  I  read  in  the  daily 
papers  your  declaration  in  favor  of  Theodore  Roosevelt j»a.  our 
next  President. 

You  will  note  by  the  enclosed  card  that  I  have  been  nominated 
for  Congress  in  this  Congressional  district,  with  some  prospect 
of  election,  as  the  Roosevelt  party  carried  the  district  by  a 
good  majority  last  April,  when  the  primary  contest  took  place. 

I  hope  to  see  you  in  Harrisburg  ere  long,  and  to  have  the 
pleasure  of  entertaining  you  while  here. 

By  the  way,  have  you  succeeded  in  purifying  Bismuth  to  the 
extent  you  desired?  In  a  few  days  I  intend  to  go  to  the  locality 
in  Colorado  where  Bismuth  ore  has  been  found  in  the  Comstock  gold 
mine,  and  I  shall  probably  bring  a  number  of  samples  with  me  to  my 
laboratory  here  for  the  purpose  of  extracting  the  metal,  and 
experimenting  with  it  until  I  have  Bismuth  in  its  purest  form. 

Hoping  you  are  well,  and  that  you  are  not  overworking  your¬ 
self  these  strenuous  days,  I  remain 


Sixty-Third  congress 

Faithfully  yours 

Col.  Henry  C.  Demining 

Harrisburg,  Pa.,  October"!^ ”'19X2. 

Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Friend  Edison: 

I  was  delighted  beyond  measure  when  I  read  in  the  daily 
papers  your  declaration  in  favor  of  Theodore  Roosevelt j*a.  our 
next  President. 

You  will  note  by  the  enclosed  card  that  I  have  been  nominated 
for  Congress  in  this  Congressional  district,  with  some  prospect 
of  election,  as  the  Roosevelt  party  carried  the  district  by  a 
good  majority  last  April,  when  the  primary  contest  took  place. 

I  hope  to  see  you  in  Harrisburg  ere  long,  and  to  have  the 
pleasure  of  entertaining  you  while  here. 

By  the  way,  have  you  succeeded  in  purifying  Bismuth  to  the 
extent  you  desired?  In  a  few  days  I  intend  to  go  to  the  locality 
in  Colorado  where  Bismuth  ore  has  been  found  in  the  Comstock  gold 
mine,  and  I  shall  probably  bring  a  number  of  samples  with  me  to  my 
laboratory  here  for  the  purpose  of  extracting  the  metal,  and 
experimenting  with  it  until  I  have  Bismuth  in  its  purest  form. 

Hoping  you  are  well,  and  that  you  are  not  overworking  your¬ 
self  these  strenuous  days,  I  remain 

uxxy  yours, 

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211-213  HALSEY  STREET,  NEWARK.  N.  J. 


‘“Dmarkct  ARCH  11  BROOKLYN  BRIDGE,  HEW  YCfRK  CITY  • 

October  29th,  1912.  ^  V' 

'homao  A.  Edison,  Esq.,  I  ^  1  ,  *  ^ 

Llewellyn  Park,  (  ,  J-  v 

We3t  Orange,  H.J.  ^  °  >il  '  c 

ear  Mr.  Edison:  \  ^  /UC-‘ 

The  progressive  Party  is  making  a  very  active^/ 
ampaign  in  Essex  County,  which  necessitates  the  expenditure ^ 
lf  a  good  deal  of  money  for  printing,  postage,  clerk  hir4 

It  is  not  easy  to  raise  this  money.  A  tew  01  . 
the  greater  part  of  the  burden,  contributing  \ 
*,*no.  aniece.  We  still  need  some  §3,000 

from  §500.  to  §1500.  apiece.  We  still  neec 
complete  our  work  for  this  County.  Can  you  help 
the  extent  of  §?00.  or  §1,000.  ? 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  any  ass, 

will  give  us,  I  am, 

Very  truly  yours, 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Port  Huron  [not  selected]  (E-12-69) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  and  other  documents 

relatina  to  Port  Huron,  Michigan,  where  Edison  lived  from  1854  to  1863. 
Included  are  appeals  'from  civic  and  charitable  organizations  and  letters 
seeking  information  about  Edison's  childhood. 

Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Proudfoot’s  Commercial  Agency  [not  selected]  (E-12-70) 

This  folder  contains  commercial  reports  on  individuals,  companies,  and 
charitable  organizations.  Among  the  documents  for  1912  are  reports  relating 
to  I'Alliance  Frangaise  de  New  York,  the  Guardians  of  Liberty,  and  Oppenheim 
&  Co.  of  New  York. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Radio  (E-12-71) 


including  reminders  regarding  the  renewal  of  notes  held  by  Edison. 

United  Wireless  Telegraph  Co.  Stockholders  Association 


March  13,  1912. 

At  a  meeting  of  the  stockholders  association  of  above 
company  held  on  this  date  it  was  unanimously  voted  that  the 
association  go  on  record  as  favoring  the  idea  of  consolidation 
with  the  Marconi  Wireless  Co.,  and  that  the  trustees  use  all 
influence  possible  towards  that  end  without  undue  delay. 

Also  that  all  stockholders  be  immediately  notified 
and  kept  thoroughly  posted  in  all  matters  pertaining  to  such 

To  date  this  seems  to  be  the  most  common-sense  ani 
logical  solution  of  all  the  trials  and  tribulations  of  the 
United  Wiroless  Telegraph  Co. 

Most  respectfully  submitted, 

Reuben  A.  Punnett, 

John  Krautwurst, 

John  J.  Pisher, 

Executive  Committee, 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Real  Estate  (E-12-72) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  real  estate  holdings.  Also  included  are  unsolicited  letters  offering  to 
sell  land  or  construction  services.  A  sample  of  these  letters,  bearing  Edison  s 
reply  in  the  form  of  marginalia,  has  been  selected.  Among  the  correspondents 
for  1912  are  Delos  Holden  of  the  Legal  Department  and  Talbot  Root, 
chairman  of  the  Fire  Committee  in  Glen  Ridge,  New  Jersey. 

Approximately  10  percent 

of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 

You  should  also  be  prepared  to  state  how  much  of 
the  land  is  leased  and  what  is  obtained  for  it.  I  find  that 
’r  lease  covers  about  30  acres,  a  part  of  which  is  in  Belleville, 
and  brought  $350  last  year.  Assuming  that  seventeen  acres  are 


Jan.  10,  1913 

in  Bloomfield,  which  is  the  amount  which  we  are  aBB.eesed 
on  the  tract  north  of  the  railroad,  the  rental  is  about  $300. 
for  the  portion  in  Bloomfield;  also  that  gfie  Bloomfield  properly 
contains  two  dilapidated  houses  upon  which  no  insurance  is 
carried,  and  for  which  we  get  no  rental  other  than  the  #300. 
just  mentioned. 

You  can  also  testify  as  to  the  payment  of  the  taxes 
for  the  years  1906  to  1910  inclusive,  the  original  vouchers 
being  in  Mr.  McCarter's  possession. 

I  think  it  would  be  well  for  you  to  be  at  Mr.  McCarter’s 
office  a  little''head  of  the  hearing,  and  would  suggest  that 
you  make  an  appointment  with  him  by  telephone.  G.  W.  McCarter 
4s  the  name,  his  office  being  in  the  Prudential  Building,  with 
McCarter  &  English. 

Very  truly  yours, 

/•5r ... 



Harry  F.  Miller,  Esq., 


Dear  Sir: 

I  return  herewith  the  vouchera  for  the 
payment  of  taxes  on  Mr.  Edison's  Silver  Lake  property 
at  Bloomfield  for  the  years  1906,  1907,  1908,  1909 
and  1910.  I  will  retain  the  bills  for  1911  till 
the  question  of  reduction  of  assessment  has  been 

Very  truly  yours, 


Jt-e  <'6^^ 



Newark,  II 

In  reference  to  the  Silver  j,uke  property,  Ur. 

Dyke  informs  me  that  Mr.  Edison  says  he  is  always  open  for  an 

As  I  told  you  there  is  an  inquiry  for  this  property 
and  I  wish  you  would  have  seirS  to  me  data  Bhowing  the  extent 
of  it.  If  you  have  a  map  or  sketch  or  blue  print,  I  should  he 
very  glad  to  have  the  use  of  it  and  will  return  it  to  you. 

I  hope  you  will  he  able  to  get  this  in  my  hands  in 
the  near  future,  and  with  kind  regards,  I  am, 


2|/ 'r 

Thomas  A .Edison, 
Mania,  N.J. 
Dear  Sirs- 


Florence , Colorado , January  30th, 1913 . 

I  take  this  opportunity  to.  address-  you  believing  I  havew 
something  of  great  importance  to  interest  you.  I  have  been  an  ex¬ 
plorer, or  prospector, for  the  past  twenty-six  years, and  in  my  travels 
I  have  came  in  contact  with  a  most  wonderful  cave.  When  properly  de¬ 
veloped  this  cave  will  equal, if  not  surpass, the  famous  Matodth  Cave; 
of  Kentucky.  The  point  I  wish  to  make  is  this, the  cave, at  its  entrance, 
has  a  room, or  what  is  commonly  called  an  auditorium, that  would  seat 
from  5,000  to.  10,000* people;  it  iB  some  two  hundred  feet  to  the  roof; 
the  acoustics  for  recording  sound  are  perfect;  man  cannot  build  or 
imitates  its  equal, and  this  is  the  point  to  command  your  attention. 
There  is  a  natural  stage  for  acting;  there  is  a  water  power  within 
the  cave  that  would  develop  power  for  lightingvsame.say  30  to  50- H.P. 
If  artificial  light  can  be  used  for  making  moving  pictures, there  is 
no  place  in  history  discovered  that  would  be  so.-  dteirable  for  produc¬ 
ing  picture  plays  and  recording  voices  or  music  sounds.  This  cave 
can  be  secured  at  a  small  royalty  on  pictures  and  records  produced. 

The  hills, near  to  the  cave, are  equal  to  those  of  the  New.  England 
states; rivers, brooks, springs, rocks, trees, all  that  go.  to  make  a  picture 


I  have  an  option  on  4361  acres  of  this  land  near  the  cave  that 
I  can  sell  at  $4..00  per  acre.  It  is  one  of  the  most  desirable  tracts 
to  be  used  as  a  picture  making  preserve  that  can  be  found  in  America. 

If  this  interests  you  and  you  desire  other  information,!  will 
gladly  respond  to  your  wishes.  Please  favor  me  with  a  reply  and 

L.  C.  BAILEY. 



An  ideal  tract  for  a  picture  making  preserve, or  stack  ranche, 
consisting  of  4361  acres  of  unimproved  lands  on  the  south  Bide,  of 

river, thirteen  miles  above  .  Pretty  weil  timbered, 

saw  pine  and  tie  oak;  in  fact, the  timber  is  worth  the  price  of  thee 
land.  Well  watered;  one  very  large  spring, a  number  of  smaller  onetr, 
two  small  creeks, river  on  back  side  in  part.  Open  wood  with  luxuriant 
grass.  Mainly  secluded, broken  hill  country  in  its  wild  state, yet 
fronting  in  part  on  the  south  side  on  a  public  road.  The  best  body 
of  land  of  this  size  for  a  game  preserve  or  stock  ranche  now  available, 
in  all  the  river  country.  Or  it  would  be  a  sure  winner  simply 

as  an  investment.  One  could  make  the  timber  pay  it  out, and  so  have: 
the  land  left.  Then  after  a  few  years  the  present  growth  of  young 
timber  would  be  ready  for  market.  Or  just  let  it  lie  untouched, and 
it  will  double  in  value  in  five  years.  One  of  these  times  a  rail 
road  will  pull  within  a  mile  of  it.  Mark  the  predict ion. Then  a  lot 
of  fellows  will  be  regretting  that  they  did  not  buy  this  very  tract.. 
Within  a  few  miles  of  railroad.  Within  60/  minutes  of  town  of  33„000. 
Small  towns  near  by;  open  winters;  best  of  climatejhas  plenty  of 
good  fruit  land;  near  to  cave;  can  sell  this  land  at  $4*00.  per  acre 
for  picture  preserve;  perfect  title* 




“V  ™5-1912-  ^ 


w  j(p.  ^ 

Sometlme  aeo  ^  fatlier.^. t W^l^am  St 
under s to o^f rom^y our  son  Charley  that  you  were  looking 
for  a  good  ooniont  proporty • 

Hr,  THCUAS  A.  BDX30H, 

Llewellyn  Park- 
Orange,  H.  J- 


,  i.-srj'ifssiss-'sr?^ 

venienoe ,  to  present  the  natter. 


Very  truly  youre 


Thomas  A. Edison,  Esq., 

n  Bloomfield  Ave.  that  you  could  dispose  of  75  or  - 

without  affecting 

s  of  public  benefit  to  the  Borough  of 

The  Eire  Department  now  occupy  (under  a  lease)  the 
building  and  land  on  Herman  Street,  which  land  runs  back  to  your 
side  line.  The  buildings  are  totally  inadequate  and  we  are 
greatly  cramped  for  room  to  house  our  various  apparatus.  We  can 
purchase  the  building? and  land  at  a  reasonable  figure,  but  it 

3  without  enlarging,  ' 

jt  only  be  very  expensive,  but  - 
satisfactory  gor  future  needs,  b 

the  situation,  you  might,  if  you  felt  inclined,  sell  some  of 
your  land,  and  at  such  a  figure  that  the  Borough  might  be  able 
to  purchase;  in  such  event,  that  would  of  course,  mean  the  erect¬ 
ing  of  a  suitable  building  thereon.  We  fully  realize  the  im¬ 
portance  of  keeping  the  taxes  down,  and  also  the  great  necessity 
for  the  proper  housing  of  the  Department,  which  branch,  if  properly 
equipped  and  run,  means  much  as  to  fire  insurance  risks,  and 
premiums  for  the  citizens  and  owners. 


GLKN  HlDGK.  i 

Thomas  A. Edison  #2 

this  at  a  reasonable  cost,  we  may  be  able  to  have  their 
sanction;  hence,  being  a  public  spirited  citizen  yourself, 
as  well  as  a  taxpayer,  you  can  appreciate  my  going  into 

I  am.  Very  truly. 

Chairman  of  Eire  Committee. 

In  reply  to  yours  of  the  6th,  written  by  Hr. 
O.A.Meister,  your  Assistant  Secretary,  as  per  your  direction 
regarding  the  purchase  of  some  Glen  Ridge  property,  I  have 
communicated  with  Mr.  Howard  E. Davis,  a  local  real  estate  man 
of  Bloomfield, H. J, ,  and  he  writes  as  follows:- 

That  he  has  sold  no  property  near  the  point 
mentioned,  nor  ha3  he  heard  of  any  being  sold.  Hot  long  ago 
he  sold  a  tract  on  the  Easterly  side  of  Bloomfield  Ave.,  south 
of  Orange  Street  for  $3000.  This  plot  was  100  feet  front 
with  an  average  depth  of  more  than  400  feet.  This  plot  is 
below  the  street  grade,  and  required  a  good  deal  of  fill. 

He  states  that  there  is  a  small  plot  near  it  that  is  up  to  the 
street  grade  which  can  be  purchased  for  $40.  per  front  foot. 
Neither  of  these  parcels,  however,  are  as  good  as  your  land. 

In  the  immediate  neighborhood,  just  north  of 
Bloomfield  Center,  he  has  sold  lots  with  a  depth  of  100  feet 
for  $75.  per  front  foot,  and  north  of  Clark  St.  on  Bloomfield 
Ave.  a  client  of  his  holds  an  option  for  100  feet  front  for 
$40.  per  foot.  The  property  runs  back  to  the  railroad  and 
has  a  depth  of  over  400  feet. 

He  writes  that  the  plot  X  wrote  him  of,  acctr  d- 
ing  to  the  map  appears  to  be  150  feet  on  Bloomfield  Ave.  line 
with  an  average  depth  of  160  to  185  feet,  and  thinks  if  it  was 
sold  in  conjunction  with  the  factory  property  in  the  rear  for 

'575.  per  front  foot,  it  would  te 
of  its  value. 

You  will  note  that  the  §75 
factory  property  which  faces  on  ! 
from  Bloomfield  Ave.  to  Bellevil 
Borough  could  afford  to  purchase 
we  could  get  along  for  the  purpo.. 
letter.  for  the  Fire  Department  service,  wit! 
feet  frontage,  and  say  to  200  feet  in  depth. 

The  piece  of  property  that  Mr.  Davis  me 
St.,  100  x  400  feet  at  $40.  per  front  foot, 
tance  from  Bloomfield  Center  and  hut  a  short 

Davis  mentions  off  of  Clark 
it  foot,  is  not  a  great  dis- 
;  a  short  distance  from  what 
3  very  many  buildings  on  this 

part  of  Bloomfield  Ave. 

It  occurred  to  me  that  as  you  have  a  large  frontage,  some¬ 
thing  like  170  feet,  and  a  great  depth,  over  500  feet,  running 
through  to  Belleville  Ave.,  that  you  might  he  willing  to  sell  a 
portion  of  it.  As  a  business  proposition  or  as  a  residential 
piece,  I  do  not  consider  it  of  great  value. 

X  think  the  property  is  worth  $40.  per  front  foot,  and 
personally  should  he  very  glad  to  take  up  the  matter  with  my 
fell ow- counc ilmen ,  if  terms  could  he  agreed  upon  with  you,  and 
the  Council  were  satisfied  that  it  was  for  the  best  interest  of 
the  Borough  to  purchase  the  same  for  the  purpose  as  already  men¬ 
tioned.  Thanking  you  in  advance,  I  am. 

Kindly  let  me  hear  from  ^ours  vexy  truly, 

tr/cf  you’ 

Chairman  of  Fire  Committee. 

wrote  you  in  answer 

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same.  I  have  no  desire  to  get  your  figures  o&erthan 
for  the  purpose,  if  a  purchase  could  he  wade,  for  ^he 
use  of  this  land  for  Fire  Dept,  and  Police  Bepa^m-nt 


Chairman  of  Five  Committee. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Receipts  [not  selected]  (E-12-73) 

This  folder  contains  receipts  for  payments  made  by  Edison  to  members 
of  his  family  and  others.  Included  are  receipts  for  his  daughter  Marion  Edison 
Oeser  and  daughter-in-law  Beatrice  Heyzer  Edison.  Also  included  are  receipts 
for  Nellie  Edison  Poyer,  Sarah  F.  Stilwell,  and  Nancy  Elizabeth  (Lizzie) 

Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Religion  and  Spiritualism  [not  selected]  (E-12-74) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  and  other  documents 
regarding  Edison's  opinions  and  widely  publicized  statements  about 
immortality,  theology,  superstition,  and  related  subjects.  None  of  the  letters 
received  a  substantive  reply  from  Edison. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Secretary  [not  selected]  (E-12-75) 

This  folder  contains  letters  of  transmittal  and  acknowledgment, 
unsolicited  correspondence,  documents  concerning  the  whereabouts  of  other 
documents,  and  other  routine  items  relating  to  the  duties  of  Edison's  private 
secretary,  Harry  F.  Miller,  and  his  personal  assistant,  William  H.  Meadowcroft. 

Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Stock  and  Bond  Offerings  [not  selected]  (E-12-76) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence,  prospectuses,  and 
other  routine  documents  relating  to  the  purchase  of  stocks  and  bonds. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Tasimeter  (E-12-77) 

This  folder  contains  two  documents  relating  to  Edison's  tasimeter. 
Included  is  a  letter  from  F.  Hess  of  Pascagoula,  Mississippi,  who  met  Edison 
at  Rawlins,  Wyoming,  in  July  1878,  when  he  used  the  tasimeter  to  measure 
the  heat  of  the  sun's  corona  during  an  eclipse. 

Both  documents  have  been  selected. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Telegraph  (E-12-78) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
telegraphy.  I  ncluded  are  letters  seeking  Edison's  opinions  about  technological 
developments  and  his  advice  on  technical  matters,  along  with  items  regarding 
his  subscriptions  to  telegraphic  services.  Among  the  documents  for  1 91 2  are 
numerous  letters  to  and  from  Edison's  attorney  Frederick  J.  Stone  pertaining 
to  the  protracted  litigation  against  Jay  Gould  and  the  Atlantic  &  Pacific 
Telegraph  Co.,  which  was  initiated  during  the  1870s  by  Edison,  George 
Harrington,  and  Josiah  C.  Reiff.  (Related  material  for  1911  and  1913  can  be 
found  in  the  "Legal-Litigation"  folders  in  the  Edison  General  File  Series.)  Also 

included  is  correspondence  with  Newcomb  Carlton,  vice  president  of  Western 

Union,  concerning  the  use  of  phonographs  in  telegraphic  operations. 

Approximately  70  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  circulars,  letters  of  transmittal  and 
acknowledgment,  and  unsolicited  correspondence  seeking  advice  or 
information.  Some  of  the  items  bear  perfunctory  replies,  written  by  Edison  in 
the  form  of  marginalia. 

HeHtmt  Itttmt  oklegraplj  (Emttpattg 

Hewark,  N.  J.'1;  Jan.  15th,  1912. 

Mr.  Harry  Miller, 
Edison  laboratory. 
West  Orange,  H.  J. 

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C  .*4,^ 

The  WestWn  Union  Telegraph  Company  in-  V 
augur at ed  what  is  known  as  a  "Deferred  Uable  Service 
on  January  1st,  which  enables  patrons  to  transmit  mes¬ 
sages  to  London  and  Liverpool  at  one  half  the  regular 

The  idea  is  to  make  use  of  the  wires  dur¬ 
ing  the  hours  when  general  business  4b  suspended  but 

s&sajsrtsrara  s.'^s^.rsr.tsss 

Union  office . 

If  it  iB  found  that  a  delay  beyond  twenty 
four  hours  is  apparent,  the  Deferred  Message  will  be 
sent  through  with  the  full  paid  business  without  extra 
expense  to  ;the  sender. 

The  innovation  no  doubt  is  a  good  one  from 
a  financial  point  of  view,  for  the general  public  and 
I  would  like  to  have  you  ask  Mr.  Edison  if  he  wiil  give 
the  Western  Union  his  personal  opinion  regarding  the 
new  departure. 

Any  stipulation  you  place  upon  the  use  of 
his  letter  will  be  faithfully  adhered  to. 

You  might  use  the  conversation  we  had  this 
afternoon  in  order  to  get  this  for  me  and  at  the  same 
time  give  him  my  "73’ b". 

With  kindest  regardB  to  you,  I  am. 
Sincerely  yourB, 

J  A 

The  Western  U^jon  TEiPEG^Pi^^yPA 

\  \  *A  xC^ANAJf ' S  °^CE  ^  Z' 


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The  Western  Union  Telegraph  Company  announces  the  inauguration 
n-p  +vir  -Pol  1  owing?  new  classes  of  Cable  Service,  at  a  reduction  of 
from  50  to  80  per  cent}  these  being  in  addition  to  its  "Past  Regular 
Cable  Service"  at  standard  rates: 

1  -  "Cable  letters" 

2  -  "Weeie  End  Cable  Letters" 

3  -  "Deferred  Service" 

1.  "CABLE  LETTERS"  in  plain  English  language  may  be  filed  at  any 
hour,  to  be  forwarded  to  reach  London  or  Liverpool  in  time  for 
delivery  on  the  morning  of  the  second  day  after  filing.  The  rate 
for  this  service  is  $1.50  for  20  words,  with  oOpf  added  for  each 
additional  6  words  plus  the  local  telegraph  tolls  to  New  Yorh. 

2  "WEEK  END  CABLE  LETTERS"  in  plain  English  language  may  be 
filed  at  any  hour  up  to  midnight  on  Saturday  to  reach  London  or 
Liverpool  in  time  for  delivery  on  the  following  Tuesday  morning. 

The  rate  for  this  service  is  $1.50  for  30  words  with  25pf  added  for 
each  additional  5  words  plus  the  local  telegraph  tolls  to  New  YorK. 

"CABLE  LETTERS"  and  "WEEK  END  CABLE  LETTERS"  destined  to 
points  outside  of  London  and  Liverpool,  will  be  delivered  by  mail, 
without  extra  charge  for  postage,  unless  telegraphic  delivery  is 
desired  and  indicated  by  sender  at  time  of  filing  in  which  letter 
event  the  rate  of  lpf  per  word  for  telegraph  transmission  (with  a 
minimum  of  12  words  including  address  and  signature)  will  apply 
to  points  in  Great  Britain  and  Ireland.  To  other  points  in  Europe, 
the  usual  tariffs  beyond  London  will  apply,  in  addition  to  the 
cable  tolls  quoted.  "CABLE  LETTERS"  and  "WEEK  END  CABLE  LETTERS’, 
talcing  mail  delivery  to  points  outside  London  or  Liverpool  will  be 
mailed  so  as  to  reach  destination,  as  nearly  as  possible  on  the 
seoond  day  after  filing. 


3  The  "DEFERRED  SERVICE"  requirements  are  that  messages  must  be 
written  in  plain  English,  or  French,  or  other  language  of  the 
country  of  origin  or  destination,  and  the  sender  must  declare 
which  of  these  languages  is  used,  by  v/riting  the  letters  LCF,  LCO 
or  LCD  before  the  address,  according  to  his  declaration,  paying 
the  oharges  for  one  word,  thiB  being  a  European  Government  stipu¬ 

The  message  must  have  at  least  one  text  word;  the  address  may 
he  a  registered  Cable  Address;  house  and  street  numbers,  if  given, 
may  be  expressed  in  figures.  The  text  or  body  of  the  message  must 
be  written  in  plain  language,  without  figures,  commercial  marks 
groups  of  letters,  or  abbreviations  or  mutilations,  and  all  numbers, 
except  in  the  address,  must  be  written  in  words.  Genuine  words, 
with  not  more  than  fifteen  letters  will  be  charged  as  single  words. 
Deferred  messages  will  only  be  delayed  until  the  transmission  of 
"Fast  Regular  Cables"  on  hand  has  been  completed;  and  in  no  case 
longer  than  24  hours,  when  they  will  take  their  turn  with  fully- 
paid  business. 

The  "Deferred  Service"  at  half  rates  is  in  effect,  at  present 
only,  to  the  following  named  countries  and  places: 

Great  Britain) 
and  Ireland) 
Sierre  Leone 
Southern  Rhodesia 
Aden  in  Arabia 
Ascension  Island 

Bathurst  in  )  Labuan  Island 
British  Africa)  Northern  Nigeria 
British  No.  Borneo  Southern  Nigeria 

Cocos  Island 
East  Africa 
Gold  Coast 

Perim  Island 
So. African  Union 
Straits  Settlements 
Malay  Station 

Prompt  attention  will  be  given  all  requests  as  to  rates,  etc., 
at  any  Western  Union  office,  or  we  will  be  pleased  to  send  a  re¬ 
presentative  to  fully  explain  the  service,  if  desired. 

Very  respectfully, 

The  Western  Union  Telegraph  Company 

May  Bth,1912. 

Bear  Hr,  Ryer:- 

Thero  Is  nothing  now  to  report  apropos  of  the  two  appeals 
(consolidated  and  to  ho  heard  as  one  and  upon  one  reoord)  in  tho 
United  states  Supremo  Court )  as  it  looks  now,  tho  appeals  will  not 
he  reached  for  argument  before  a  year  from  next  Sail  .and  we  will  not 
be  celled  upon  to  print,  or  furnish  printed  oopies  of,  tho  reoord  on 
appeal  for  probably  a  year  to  come;  X  am  sorry  that  the  calendars 
of  the  Court  are  so  congested, 

I  met  Mr,  Taggart,  the  general  counsel  of  the  Western  Union 
Telegraph  Company,  the  other  day  and  had  a  rather  informal  talk  with 
him,  thd  net  result  of  which  .leads  me  to  think  that  perhaps  I  may  be 
ab^e  sometime  to  reach  a  compromise  upon  some  equitable  basis  amicab¬ 
ly  out  of  Court,  -  but  this  is  almost  top  good  to  be  true. 

As  to  the  Reiff  estate,  there  is  little, if  any, change  and 
nothing  to  report  except  that  the  Surrogate  has  approved  the  pro¬ 
posed  settlement  between  tho  administrators  and  Drexel, Morgan  &  Com¬ 
pany,  of  which  I  advised  you  and  to  which  you  and  Mr,  Edison,  as  well 
as  ell  the  other  large  creditors  gave  approval;  tho  effect  of|this 
settlement  is  to  reduoe  Colonel  Reiff* s  estate's  indebtedness  about 
$140*000,or  #150,000,  or  thereabouts* 

While, Of  course,  as  you  know,  Ur,  Edi90h  is  not  indebted  to  me 
for  professional  services,  nor  will  he  be  unless  there  io  a  reoovery 
and  then  only  for  a  fes  contingent  upon  the  reoovoty,  nevertheless, 
in  view  of  rry  accident  and  illness  cyaequent  therouppn  and  my  son* s 
Illness  in  South  America,  and  some  other  unforeseen  events,  do  you 
think  Hr.  Edison  woirfd- be  willing  t%  loan  me,uport  my  demand  note, 


i,  would  you  bo  willing 

with  interest,'  say  05OO*  or  $1,000.,  end,  if  ao 

to  ask  him  if  ho  would  do  mo  thi3  favor? 

I  was  laid  up  at  home  for' oomo  six  weeks  with7  a  orushod  ankle 
and  my  son  has  been  111,  in  South  Jtaerioa,  with  yellow  fovor,  and'  1 
have  hod  to  face  somo  other  unforeseen  aooldonts  and  misfortunes 
the  net  result  'of  which  is  to  embarrass, me  more  or  less  and  without 
fault  on  my  part.  X  know  that  X  havo  no  right  to  ask  Mr.  Edison 
to  advance  mo.  or  to  prepay  a  contingent  foe,,  although  I  fully  expeot 
to  not  only  barn  a  good  fee  in  the  matter  of  the  Reiff  estate,  but 
a  very  handsome  foe  in  the  appeals  pending  in  the  United  State  a  Supr«o 
'  court  at  Washington. 

X  know  that,  you  feel  personally  kind  towards  me  and  X  would 
feel  greatly  indebted  to  you  if  you  could  arid  would  ask  and  induce 
Mr.  Edison  to  'do  mb  the  favor  of  loaning -mo  on 'my  noto  $500.  or  $1000. 

I  am  Just  per  footing  an  appeal  in  the  Hew  York  State  Supremo 
Oouit-,  Appellate  Division,  involving  an  accounting  of  over  one  million 
dollars,  but  that  will  probably  not  bo  heard  before  the  Hall,  if  as 
soon;  and  I  have  a  lot  of  other  business,  which  is  also  equally  in 
arrears,  ana  unsatisfactory ‘largely  on  aooount  of  my  illness. 

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May  13,1912. 

Dear  Mr.  Miller 

I  have  your  letter  of  the  11th  in  reply  to  mine  of  the 
9th  inst.  Please  find  enoloeed  my  note  for  four  monthB^^v< 

dated  May  I4th,1912,  and  payable  at  Knickerbocker  Trust  Company 

Mr.  Taggart's  statement,  belittling  our  chance  of  winning  in 
the  U.S. Supreme  Court,  would  be  amusing  if  it  were  not  ridiculous. 

Of  course  we  are  not  certain  to  win;  we  have  a  difficult  and  a 
very  technical  case  but  on  the  real  merits,  divesting  the  case  from 
technicalities,  we  ought  to  win  out* 

If  Mr.  Taggart  is  sincere  in  his  statement  to  Mr.  Edison,  I 
wonder  why  he  has  repeatedly  told  me  that  he  would  advise  his  cli¬ 
ents  to  pay  us  the  "nuisance  value  of  the  litigation". 

I  think  and  I  have  always  thought,  although  Colonel  Reiff  did 
not  agree  with  me  fully  in  regard  to  a  compromise,  that  the  case 
ought  to  be  settled,  if  possible,  upon  some  equitable  basis  amicably 

out  of  Court,  and  Judge 
may  be  yet  effected  upon 

Parker  and  I  both  hope  that  some  compromise 
some  equitable  basis.  Your^<^eto^J  , 


The  Western  Union  Telegraph  Company 

19  5  Broadway 

New  York  ;.:sy  22ml,  1912. 


Sear  lir.  Edison: 

On  my  return  from  the  Pacific  coast  I  find  an  in¬ 
teresting  report  from  I.r.  Yorke  on  the  results  of  a  test  of  the 
annlication  of  the  phonograph  to  telegraphic  operation. 

You  ore  no  doubt  aware  of  the  result  of  the  test  and 
of  the  somewhat  unsatisfactory  character  of  the  signals.  This  fault 
may  have  been  due  to  several  causes,  all  of  which  may  oe  correcued 
in  time.  We  have,  however,  about  come  to  the  conclusion  that,  re¬ 
ceiving  telegraphic  signals  on  wax  cylinders  is  open  to  many  objec¬ 
tions.  This  development  seems  to  us  less  promising  than  the  im¬ 
provement  of  the  tape  machines  and  the  general  printing  telegraph 
developments  to  which  we  are  bending  our  energies. 

Wo  believe  that  the  ultimate  solution  of  the  operat¬ 
ing  problem  of  tbe  telegraph  lies  in  the  use  of  tape  or  printing 

Our  representative  was  much  impressed  by  your  recti¬ 
fier  which  we  understand  will  soon  be  ready  for  the  market.  V/e  have 
use  for  these  and  will  be  glad  to  be  advised  when  they  are  ready  for 

If  in  the  test  which  was  recently  made  of  your  tele¬ 
graphic  apparatus  there  seemed  to  he  any  lack  of  completeness  or  of 




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Dear  Hr.  Edison: 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 

Llewellyn  Park,  H.J. 



Memorandum  September  23,  1912. 


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&  Sheehan 

Please  find  enclosed  a  reply  brief  which  was  drafted  in  reply 
to  Mr.  Taggart's  brief  in  opposition  to  our  motion  for  a  writ  of  certi¬ 
orari,  I  think  it  conclusively  answers  the  three  points  upon  which  Mr. 
Taggart  relies  and  as  to  which  the  Circuit  Court  of  Appeals  were  misled 
You  have  already  seen  our  brief  in  opposition  to  the  motions  to  dismiss 
our  appeals  and  in  support  of  our  petition  for  certiorari,  and  I  hope 
that  you  will  be  equally  satisfied  with  this  reply  brief. 

X  attended  the  Supreme  Court  at  Washington  and  when  the  two 
motions  to  dismiss  were  called  X  answered  that  we  had  filed  a  brief  in 
opposition  thereto  and  also  a  brief  identical, except  as  to  title,  in 
support  of  a  motion-  for  a  writ  of  certiorari  directed  to  the  United 
States  Circuit  court  of  Appeals  to  review  all  the  proceedings  in  the 
case,  and  by  the  courtesy  of  the  Chief  justice  I  was  permitted  to  add 
orally  that  Judge  Wallace  and  my  associate,  Judge  Parker,  had  both 
certified  over  their  own  signatures  that  the  petition  was  true  as  to 
fact  and  sound  and  correct  in  law.  X  also  added  that  I  believed  there 
was  a  valid  preliminary  objection!  to  the  two  motions  to  dismiss,  namely 
a  stipulation  signed  by  the  moving  parties  consenting  that  our  two  ap¬ 
peals  be  consolidated  and  heard  as  one  before  the  Supreme  Court  of  the 
United  States  and  upon  one  record  as  therein  agreed.  This  seemed  to 
interest  the  Chief  justice  and  he  asked  me  if  that  stipulation  were 
printed,  to  which  I  replied  that  it  was  not  only  printed  but  set  forth' 
in  full  on:  the  last  page  of  the  appendix  to  our  leading  brief. 

In  view  of  the  irreconcilable  differences  between  Judge  Hazel 
opinion  and  the  opinion  of  the  United  States  Circuit  Court  of  Appeals 
no  one  can  tell  what  will  happen,  but  I  am  satisfied  that  we  have  not 
only  done  everything  that  was  humanly  possible,  but  that  we  shall  have 
a  full  and  fair  hearing  before  the  court  of  last  resort.  We  have  done 
all  that  we  could  do  and  I  hope  that  we  may  succeed.  I  need  only  add 
that  we  are  greatly  indebted  to  judge  Parker. 

If  not  too  much  trouble  will  you  kindly  let  me  know  what  you. 
think  of  our  reply  brief  and  especially  of  the  first  paragraph. 

Ve  p^ytrul^youjyi , 


With  kind  regards. 


Jntpretwe  (£out't  of  the  HhitwX  states, 

OCTOBER  TERM,  1912.- 


Supreme  Court  of  the  TUntteb  States, 

George  Harrington  nnd  Thomas  A.  Elli¬ 
son  and  Daniel  T.  Beiff  nnd  Philip  S. 
Hill,  as  Administrators  of  the  Goods 
and  Chattels  of  Josinli  C.  Beiff,  de¬ 
ceased,  •  ,  .  „  . 

Complainants  nnd  Appellants, 

Tub  Atlantic  and  Pacific  Telegraph 
Company  and  George  J.  Gould,  Ethvin 
Gould,  Helen  51.  Gould  nnd  Howard 
Gould,  ns  Executors  nnd  Trustees  under 
the  Last  Will  anil  Testament  of  Jay 
Gould,  deceased, 

Defendants  nnd  Bcspondents. 


No.  409. 

i  KOItr.E  HARRINGTON  and  Thomas  A.  Edi¬ 
son  and  Daniel  T.  ReilT  and  Philip  S. 
Hill,  as  Administrators  ot  the  Goods 
and  Chattels  of  Josiah  C.  ReilT,  de¬ 

Complainants  and  Appellants, 

I'm-:  Atlantic  and  Pacific  Telegraph 
Company  and  George  ,T.  Gould,  Edwin 
Gould,  Helen  M.  Gould  and  Howard 
Gould,  as  Executors  and  Trustees  under 
the  Last  Will  and  Testament  of  Jay 
Gould,  deceased. 

Defendants  and  Respondents. 

Appeal  from  the  Circuit  Court  of  Appcnls 
of  the  United  States  for  the  Second 


to  the  character  of  the  Hill,  as  to  the  pretense  of  a 
uaestion  of  eon  tract,  as  to  the  acts  of  the  defendant 
Jay  Gould  and  other  legal  facts,  as  to  the  relations 
of  the  Atlantic  &  Pacific  Telegraph  Company,  in 
raising  false  premises,  in  deducing  conclusions 
wholly  foreign  to  this  case,  and  in  ci  1  oneously  as 
serting  that  there  are  inconsistencies  in  complain¬ 
ants’  position— all  to  divert  the  attention  of  the 
Court  from  the  real  case,  the  real  facts  and  the  real 
questions  of  law  actually  involved. 


The  bill  of  complaint  specifically 
alleges, -and  is  based  upon,— the  sit¬ 
uation  that  there  was  no  contract  be¬ 
tween  the  parties,  and  the  memoran¬ 
dum  of  December  30,  1874,  has  been 
expressly  repudiated  by  the  defend¬ 
ants  and  the  answer  expressly  ad¬ 
mits  such  repudiation. 

Tim  reply  brief  for  tlm  defendants  does  not  deal 
with  the  ease  shown  by  the  record,  either  ns  to  the 
pleadings  or  the  evidence  or  the  authorities  cited. 
It  does  not  meet,  and  it  does  not  fairly  discuss,  the 
facts  established  liy  the  proofs  or  the  applications 
thereto  of  the  legal  authorities  applicable  thereto. 
The  defendants’  brief  may  he  described  as  an  in¬ 
genious  attempt  to  turn  aside  the  Court  from  a  just 
and  proper  consideration  of  the  Hill  of  Complaint. 

Rut  for  the  extraordinary  content! 
bv  defendants’  counsel,  it  would  he  unnecessary  to 
siiv  more  on  this  subject.  One  would  suppose  that 
when  it  is  admitted  that  a  memorandum  constituted 
no  contract  (and  the  Atlantic  &  Pacific  Telegraph 
Company  was  not  a  party  thereto),  and  when  such 
memorandum  has  been  repudiated  by  the  defend¬ 
ants  and  is  so  sworn  to  in  the  pleadings  by  both 



The  authorities  .  cited  by  defend¬ 
ants’  counsel  do  not  meet  this  case, 
as  they  are  all  cases  of  contract  and 
not  cases  brought  for  infringement 
of  patents,  such  as  the  case  at  bar. 

Hnrtell  v.  Tilglnnnn,  99  U.  S.  547,  differs  es¬ 
sentially  from  our  ease  lieeansc  in  that  case  there 
was  a  subsisting  contract  governing  the  rights  of 
the  party  in  the  use  of  (lie  invention  and  it  tvas  a 
mere  question  upon  contract  involving  some  of  the 
minor  points  or  the  contract,  and  questioning 
whether  there  had  been  a  breach  of  contract. 

The  doctrine  in  Wilson  v.  Sandford  and  Hnrtell 
v.  Tilghman  lias  been  modified  in  the  later  case  of 
Littlefield  v.  Perry,  SS  U.  S.  205. 

Dale  Tile  Mfg.  Co.  v.  Hyatt,  125  U.  S.  140,  cited 
by  the  defendants,  was  an  action  brought  upon  an 
agreement  in  writing.  It  was  not.  a  hill  for  in¬ 
fringement.  This  action  was  not  brought  in  the 
Federal  Courts  at  all,  lmt  was  begun  in  the  City 
Court  of  New  York  and  is  n  mere  action  upon  <tn 
agreement.  There  was  no  jurisdiction  to  take  it  to 
the  Supreme  Court  of  the  United  Stntes. 

The  case  of  Albright  v.  Tens,  100  U.  S.  013,  was 
a  ease  under  contract  in  which  specific  performance 
was  sought,  and  it  hears  no  analogy  to  onr  case, 

The  case  of  Pratt  v.  Paris  (las,  etc.,  Co.,  108  U. 
S.  255,  was  a  common  law  action  of  assumpsit  to 
recover  a  sum  of  money  on  contract. 

The  case  of  Marsh  v.  Nichols  ct  ah,  140  IT.  S.  344, 
was  a  hill  to  enforce  specific  performance  of  a  con¬ 
tract,  and  naturally  the  United  Stntes  Supreme 





Court  held  that  the  suit  was  not  one  arising  under 
tiie  patent  law  of  the  United  States. 

The  case  of  Kurtz  v.  Strauss,  100  Fed.  800,  was 
a  bill  for  specific  performance  of  an  agreement,  and 
to  set  aside  a  forged  instrument. 

The  case  of  McMullen  v.  Mowers,  102  Fed.  404, 
was  a  case  of  license  granted  by  complainant,  under 
contract,  and  involved  only  a  construction  of  that 

Month  v.  lloyd,  51  Fed.  821,  involved  the  question 
of  an  agreement,  and  whether  the  same  had  been 

Land  Co. 

......  .....a  of  Williams  v. 

Rep.  309,  cited  by  defend 
upon  an  express  agreement,  aim  so  w«»  ”  " 

Lauder,  105  U.  S.  024. 

The  cases  cited  by  the  defendants  as  to  jurisdic¬ 
tion  pretty  much  all  relate  to  same  contract  or  con- 
tnictunl  relations.  This  action,  brought  by  t  its 
equitable  owners  for  iufringinent,  is  not  based  on 
contract,  as  erroneously  stated  in  usp..i.. kills 

The  present  case  is  of  an  entirely  different  char¬ 
acter  and  not  buscti  on  contract,  but  on  the  pure 
infringement  of  patent  rights  with  proper  for 
proper  incidental  and  collateral  relief. 

The  respondents’  counsel  argues  from  a  false  basis 
and  false  premises,  lie  asserts  that  there  was  a 
legal  transfer  of  title  to  the  Atlantic  cC-  Pacific  tele¬ 
graph  Com  pang,  which  must  first  be  gotten  rid  of. 
The  cr.idc.nee  demonstrates  this  to  be  without  the 
slightest  foundation.  The  Atlantic  il-Paeifw  Tele¬ 
graph  Co.  was  a  mala  fide  purchase  with  knowledge 
and  got  no  title  whutercr.  There  was  no  contract 
relation  entered  into  between  George  Harrington, 


who  held  the  titles,  ami  that  company;  and  it  has 
been  prosed  beyond  all  doubt,  (Mr.  Justice  Hazel 
says  the  proofs  are  •‘singularly  clear  and  convinc¬ 
ing,")  that  they  knew  of  the  situation  of  fact  and 
tliat  Jay  Gould,  as  a  faithless  trustee,  could  not 
give  them  any  title  until  they  first  yam ■  him,  for  the 
benefit  of  the  associates,  31, SIX)  shares  of  its  stock. 


The  statement  in  the  Respondents' 
Reply  Brief  (page  16)  “that  no  fraud 
is  charged  in  the  bill  against  Jay 
Gould”  is  absolutely  wrong,  as  will 
be  seen  from  the  fact,  shown  in  the 
record,  that  Mr.  Gould  himself,  in  his 
sworn  answer,  “denies  any  fraud  as 
charged  in  the  bill.” 

Ill  liis  opinion,  (143  Fed.  Rep.  323)  Mr.  Justice 
Hassbi.  states,  (referring  to  complainant's  patent 
rights) : 

“The  gru  rumen  of  the  Rill  is  based  appar¬ 
ently,  upon  the  wrongful  anil  fraudulent  up- 
propria t ion  by  the  defendants  of  their  patents. 

Tn  the  15th  section  ,(fol.  (18)  or  the  bill  (Record 
p.  IT),  Mr.  Gould  is  specifically  charged  with 
wrongfully  causing  the  deeds  to  be  recorded  in  the 
Patent  Office. 

It  was  gross  fraud  on  his  (Gould's)  part  to  re¬ 
cord  the  deeds  and  withhold  from  record  the  letter 
of  instruction  of  April  1(1, 1875,  restricting  his  title. 

In  his  sworn  answer  (Record,  p.  !)S),  Jay  Gonlil 
says : 

“And  this  defendant  denies  all  and  all  man¬ 
ner  of  fraud  or  fraudulent  or  unlawful  com¬ 
bination  and  confederacy,  wherewith  he  is  by 
the  said  Itill  charged,”  etc. 

So,  too,  the  eminsel  for  Jay  (ion Id's  executors 
put  in  the  same  kind  of  an  answer  and  also  “deny 
any  and  all  manner  of  fraud  or  fraudulent  or  un¬ 
lawful  combination,  and  confederacy'’  wherewith 
the  said  Jay  Gould  is  by  the  snid  bill  charged 
(Record,  pp.  7  and  442). 

Mr.  Gould’s  sworn  answer  therefore  admits  that 
he  was  charged  in  the  bill  with  fraud,  and  the  lower 
Court  erred  in  holding  otherwise,  in  its  summary 
of  Gould’s  answer,  to  which  rather  than  to  the 
answer  itself,  respondents  refer  on  page  1(1  of  their 
Reply  Rt-ief. 

Jay  Gould  was  himself  the  chief  infringer,  and 
his  fraud  and  unlawful  conversion  of  complain¬ 
ants’ patents  constitute  the  grossest  form  of  in¬ 
fringement  cognisable  or  known  to  the  courts. 

All  of  which  is  respectfully  submitted. 

Frederick  .T.  Stone, 
Attorney  anil  Solicitor  for 
Complainants-Appellants  anil  Petitioners. 

A  t.ton  R.  Parker, 

Frederick  J.  Stone. 

Theodor  Megaarden, 

Of  Counsel. 


J.  H.  Bunnell  &  Co., 

Manufacturers,  Importers  and  Dealers  in 

Telegraph,  Telephone,  Railway  and  Electric  Lighting  Supplies, 

Instruments,  Batteries,  Insulated  Wires  and  Line  Equipment, 



P.  O.  BOX.  1286. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Inc., 
Orange,  N.  J. 
Dear  Sirs:- 

Aa  we  are  having  occasional  inquiries  regarding  Phono 
Flex  apparatus,  and  as  you  appear  to  have  abandoned  this  depart¬ 
ment  sometime  ago,  we  would  like  to  know  if  you  have  on  hand  any 
printed  matter  that  we  could  send  in  response  to  such  inquiries. 
If  you  have,  we  would  be  pleased  to  receive  same. 

Kindly  advise  us  on  this  subject  at  your  earliest  con¬ 

Yours  truly, 

J.H.  BUNNELL  &  GO. , 

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THnltei>  States  Circuit  Court, 

Leading  Brief  for  Complainants  on 
Hearing  and  Determination  of 
Exceptions  to  the  Master’s  Re¬ 

Statement  of  Facts. 

This  action  was  brought  in  May,  1870,  to  re¬ 
strain  an  infringement  by  the  Atlantic  &  Pacific 
Telegraph  Company  and  Jay  Gould  (in  bis  life¬ 
time),  of  a  number  of  United  States  Letters  Patent, 
granted  to  George  Harrington,  as  assignee,  and 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  ns  inventor,  and  for  an  ac- 


effect  the  conveyance,  a  separate  instrument 
s  delivered,  which  read  as  follows: 

“New  York,  April  ICS,  1875. 

Sir:  I  hand  you  herewith  a  specific  assign¬ 
ment  of  each  and  every  patent  and  application 
for  patents,  covering  all  of  T.  A.  Edison’s  in¬ 
ventions  for  automatic  telegraphy,  and  where¬ 
by  the  full  and  complete  title  invests. 

The  consideration  to  be  paid  therefor  is 
thirty-one  thousand  eight  hundred  shares  of 
the  stock  of  the  Atlantic  &  1’acilic  Telegraph 

1  will  thank  you  to  withhold  the  within  as¬ 
signment  until  the  Atlantic  &  Pacific  Tele¬ 
graph  Company  shall  deliver  to  you  the  said 
shares  of  their  stock,  when  the  assignment  will 
be  delivered  to  them. 

These  shares  you  please  hold  subject  to  de¬ 
livery  to  the  following  named  parties : 

John  McManus,  Heading,  Pa... 
Seyfert,  McManus  &  Co.,  Phil. . . 

William  M.  Seyfert,  Phil . 

Win.  J.  Palmer,  Colorado . 

John  Elliott,  lliggs  &  Co.,  X.  Y 

H.  C.  Dallctt,  Jr.,  Phil . 

E.  Corning,  Albany . 

James  Dallctt,  Trustee,  Phil. . . 
Alex.  Morten,  N.  Y.,  80  ll’dwuy 
J.  J.  Marsh,  Haverhill,  Mass.. 

Sam’l  B.  Parsons,  Flushing - 

J.  C.  Reiff,  New  York. . . 

A.  &  P.  Telegraph  Co... 

T.  A.  Edison . 

J.  C.  Reiff,  Scc’y . 

Coo.  Harrington  . 

The  receipts  of  said  mil 














Jay  Gould,  Esq.: 

Of  the  above  sum  there  is  the  amount  of 
$40,000  (about)  currency,  or  about  1,000  shares 



(n  little  less)  to  be  deducted  from  the  uccount 
of  J.  C.  Iteill',  and  redistributed  to  J.  0;  lteilt, 
Geo.  Harrington,  fc>.  13.  Parsons,  Wm.  J.  Pal¬ 
mer,  Edison  and  -McManus.  This  redistribu¬ 
tion,  as  it  shall  be  agreed  to,  will  be  banded  to 
you  in  form  of  a  paper  signed  by  Hciif,  Parsons 
and  Palmer,  and  should  be  approved  by  Edi- 

With  such  paper  please  deduct  and  add  to 
respectively  as  that  paper  will  show.” 

The  approval  of  Edison  also  accompanied  tile 
ibove  instrument  as  follows: 

“New  York,  April  1G,  ’75. 

I,  Thomas  A.  Edison,  owner  of  one-tbird  of 
my  several  inventions  for  automatic  telegraphy, 
sold  with  my  consent  and  approval  to  Mr.  Jay 
Gould,  do  hereby  make  an  allowance  to  Geo. 
Harrington  and  J.  O.  lleiff  from  my  1/3  share 
of  tile  proceeds  obtained  for  said  patents,  for 
their  time,  trouble  and  services  in  connection 
with  said  inventions,  and  authorize  such  fur¬ 
ther  deductions  from  my  share  as  with  the  2/3 
controlled  by  Mr.  Harrington  shall  be  repaired 
to  reimburse  the  several  parties  by  whom  money 
may  have  been  advanced  for  automatic  pur¬ 
poses,  upon  the  basis  of  four  in  A.  &  P.  stock 
to  one  of  cash ;  that  is  to  say,  in  the  several 
amounts  herein  set  forth. 

Thos.  A.  Edison.” 

Exhibit  5,  Vol.  %  p.  53. 

On  April  10,  1875,  George  Harrington,  ns  presi¬ 
dent  of  the  Automatic  Telegraph  Company,  with 
the  approval  of  its  directors,  assigned  to-  the  At¬ 
lantic  &  Pacific  Telegraph  Company  all  its  inter¬ 
ests  in  the  telegraph  line  to  Washington,  and  in 
the  patents  of  George  Little  and  others,  growing 
out  of  a  contract  with  the  National  Telegraph  Com¬ 

This  conveyance  was  also  accompanied  by  a  writ¬ 
ing  dated  April  Hi,  1875,  signed  by  George  Har¬ 
rington,  president  of  the  Automatic  Telegraph 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Telephone  [not  selected]  (E-12-79) 

This  folder  contains  routine  unsolicited  correspondence  seeking 
Edison's  advice,  information,  or  assistance  on  matters  relating 
Included  are  letters  pertaining  to  wireless  telephones  and  telephone 
answering  machines.  None  of  the  letters  received  a  substantive  response 
from  Edison. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  -  General  (E-12-80) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  t° 
the  financial  and  administrative  operations  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  nc.  and  its 
constituent  concerns.  Most  of  the  documents  pertain  to  the .  ass|gnment t  of 
duties  among  executives,  managers,  and  committees  and  the  appointment 
and  resignation  of  personnel.  Included  are  items  relating  to  the  acrimonious 
departure  3  President  Frank  L.  Dyer  in  November  1912  the  appo.n rtmert  c of 
Edison  as  president,  and  the  subsequent  reorganization  of  dutl®s  and 
assignments.  Also  included  is  a  27-page  report  to  Edison-prepared  by  Dyer 
on  August  1,  1912,  shortly  after  his  return  from  Europe-reviewmg |  market 
conditfons  and  the  operation  of  Edison's  foreign  interests  in  mot'on  pictu  es 
phonographs,  and  ore  milling.  In  addition,  there  is  discussion  °f  copyright 
Lues9 films  in  South  Africa,  and  the  development  of  cameras  and  color  film 
processes.  Some  of  the  documents  reveal  Edison's  direct  involvement  m  the 
details  of  company  operations,  such  as  personally  answering  letters  from 
complaining  customers. 

ADDroximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  consist  primarily  of  receipts  stock  “Jlficf*®8'tJfieeting 
announcements,  and  duplicates  and  variants  of  selected  documents. 

Hr.  Goodwin: 

What  is  everybody' s  business  Is  nobody's  business,  and 
where  the  details  of  any  basic  plans  are  left  for  several  people  to 
work  out  and  determine,  X  believe  they  are  all  spending  more  or  less 
time,  giving  more  or  less  thought  to  all  of  the  details,  some  of  whioh 
don't  concern  them  in  the  least,  and  in  the  end  it  is  found  some  one' 
detail  has  been  overlooked  whioh  holds  up  entire  plan.  X,  therefore, 
believe  it  advisable  to  oenter  in  one  man  the  authority  to  work  out 
the  detail  plans  of  oaoh  new  line  of  goods  or  proposition  we  have 
coming  along,  such  plans,  of  course,  being  subject  to  the  approval 
of  Hr.  Edison  or  Hr.  Dyer,  before  being  put  into  effect f^nd  it,  of 
course,  being  understood  that  in  working  out  the  details,  the  one  man 
is  to  confer  with  such  others  as  is  neoessary,  in  order  to  arrive  at 
a  definite  understanding  concerning  any  subject,  which  perhaps  the 
others  know  more  about  than  he  does.  Furthermore,  I  believe  by  putting 
the  working  out  of  the  details  up  to  one  man,  and  by  letting  all  others 
Interested,  including  Hr.  Edison  and  Mr.  Dyer,  know  who  that  one  man 
is,  considerable  time  will  be  Baved  when  any  information  is  required 
concerning  the  detail  plans,  inasmuch  as  they  will  know  the  exact 
person  to  apply  to  for  suoh  information,  instead  of.  as  is  under  our 
present  method  very  often  the  oase,  applying  first  to  one  man,  only 
to  find  out  that  he  don't  know,  and  then  the  others  until  they  strike 
the  one  who  does  know.  Believing  this  is  the  right  course  to  pursue, 
and  no w  that  the  basio  plans  for  the  Blue  Amberol  record  have  been 
deoided  upon  by  Hr.  Edison,  I  wish  you  would  take  charge  of  the  de¬ 
tails  to  be  worked  out  in  connection  with  suoh  basic  plans,  with  the 
understanding,  of  oourse,  that  whenever  neoessary,  in  order  to  obtain 
suoh  information  as  you  require,  you  are  to  confer  with  such  other 
heads  of  departments  or  people  as  are  in  the  best  position  to  give 
you  such  information.  A  few  of  tho  details  whioh  are  to  be  worked 
out  in  this  detail  plan  are  as  follows: 

She  selections  contained  in  present  Amberol  list  that  are 
suitable  for  the  first  Blue  Amberol  list,  either  by  having  new  work¬ 
ing  moulds  made  from  master  moulds  now  on  hand,  or  by  having  the 
selection  made  over. 

She  number  of  eaoh  selection  to  be  made  for  stock  before  the 
new  reoord  is  to  be  placed  on  the  market. 

The  number  of  new  moulds  for  eaoh  selection. 

The  date  on  whioh  the  now  records  ore  to  be  placed  on  sale— 
this  question  involving  the  new  monthly  liBt  that  we  will  begin  with 
and  having  a  sufficient  stock  of  the  current  selections  deoided  upon 
to  place  them  on  sale  at  the  same  time. 

Style  oarton  to  bo  used.  Aiken  is  acquainted  with  this  subject, 
and  Seely  will  furnish  him  samples  within  the  next  few  days. 

Style,  oolor  and  wording  of  side  label  to  be  used. 

Color  and  wording  of  top  label. 

A  oarton  and  label  that  can  be  UBed  universally  for  reoords  in 

8,11  1Whfnafhould  jobbers  be  notified  of  the  ohange,  in  order  that  they 
may  plaoe  their  orders  for  advance  reoords  to  be  made  of  the  Blue 
Amberol  intelligently.  .  . _ - 

What  form  letter  should  be  sent  jobbers  concerning  Blue  Amberol 
reoord,  and  how  should  it  be  worded  as  regards  to  change  in  exohange 
percentage  allowance. 


Shall  we  attempt  to  change  over  from  Amherol  to  Blue  Amber ol, 
promotion,  speolal,  Grand  Opera  and  oonoert  records  at  the  same  time 
we  do  the  lists  selected  of  ourrent  selections,  or  shall  wo  let  them 
follow  as  rapidly  as  possible  after  the  liBt  of  ourrent  selections 
and  first  advance  list  have  been  provided  for. 

Shall  we  attempt  to  change  over  such  foreign  selections  as  we 
use  in  thiB  oountry  only,  at  the  same  time  we  ohange  over  ourrent  list, 
or  lot  them  follow,  and  which  selections  shall  be  ohanged  over. 

There  will,  no  doubt,  be  various  other  questions  and  details  to 
be  decided  upon  in  connection  with  this  record,  and  you  will  doubtless 
think  of  them  or  they  will  be  brought  to  your  attention  from  time  to 
time.  It  is,  of  course,  understood  that  several  of  the  questions  to 
be  decided  upon  will  depend  entirely  on  how  soon  the  factory  will  be 
ready  to  begin  manufacturing  records,  but  as  both  Mr.  Edison  and 
Mr.  Philpot  have  said  the  plant  will  be  ready  in  three  months,  which 
will  be  April  1st,  1  would  base  ny  plans  accordingly,  and  then  if  there 
is  any  delay  in  the  date  on  which  manufacture  is  to  begin,  all  of  the 
dates  you  figure  out  can  be  advanced  accordingly. 

1/4/12.  O.K.V/. 

Copies  to  Messrs*  Ecli^on:  Dyer:  Y/eber:  Eolbcor:  Maxwell:  Iroton: 
MoChesney:  Stevens:  Aiken:  Wurth:  Philpot. 

JAN  2  0  Rec'd 



Messrs.  Dolbeer:  Berggren:  VI.  St  ovens:  Weber :  ilcChesney: 

In  order  to  effect  a  closer  co-operation  between  Sales  and 
Advertising  Departments  and  to  plan  greater  efficiency  in  both,  please 
note  that  Messrs.  Dolbcor,  McChesney  and  Maxwell,  have  been  appointed 
as  a  Sales  Advertising  Committee,  to  discuss  and  formulate  advertising 
plans . 

Lir.  Maxwell  will  act  as  chairman  of  this  committee. 

Messrs.  Edison,  Dyer  and  Y/ilson,  will  bo  members  ex  officio. 

Messrs.  Calkins  £.■  Holden  v/ill  be  called  upon  to  attend  the 
meetings  whenever  the  committee  decide  it  advisable. 

Minutes  will  bo  kept  of  the  doings  of  the  meetings,  and 
copies  will  be  sent  to  each  member  of  the  Executive  Committee  and 

She  appointing  of  this  committee  is  not  intended  to  affoot 
the  authority  now  vested  in  tlio  Sales  and  Advertising  Departments,  and 
any  action  beyond  these  powers  must  have  the  approval  of  the  proper 
authority  before  taking  effect. 

Meetings  of  the  Sales  Advertising  Committoe  will  bo  held 
once  a  weals,  and  special  meetings  can  be  called  by  any  member  v/henever 

1/26/13.  C.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edi/on:  Dyer. 

Jloosrs.  Water:  Borggren: 

Por  annual  stool:  taking  purposes,  we  will  close 
down  our  entire  plant,  so  far  as  manufacturing  is.  concerned,  from  Wed¬ 
nesday  night,  Fat.  28th,  to  nonday  morning,  March  4th,  and  so  far  as 
shipping  is  conoornod,  from  Thursday  night,  Fob.  29th,  to  Monday  morn¬ 
ing,  March  4th. 

Plcaso  see  that  proper  notices  are  posted  throughout  the  shops 
and  offices  to  this  offset.  Also  add  to  tho  notioe  that  on  acoount 
of  closing  down  these  three  working  days,  wo  will  run  all  day 
Washington's  tirthday.  Tho  closing  down  of  manufacturing  and  shipp¬ 
ing  ends  of  tho  business  need  not  intorfero  with  tho  fitting  up  of 
tho  Blue  or  Disc  record  departments,  or  the  doing  of  any  repair  work, 
overhauling  machines,  &o.  whatever  throughout  the  shops ,  so  long  as  it 
dooc  not  interfere  with  our  stool:  rooms. 

The  closing  down  doos  not  apply  to  tho  Primary  Battory  Dopartmont 
at  Silver  lake.  On  account  of  being  so  far  behind  orders  we  will  have 
to  run  there,  and  I  will  arrange  with  Mr.  Salomon  oonooming  the  taking 
of  thin  stock  without  closing. 

It  may  also  to  necessary  to  run  Wurth's  Mould  Making  Department 
and  Payne's  Heoord  Testing  Department,  tut  these  two  departments  can 
take  their  stook  in  a  vory  short  tiwo,  and  thore  is  no  roason  why  they 
should  not  continue  running  if  noccssary. 

2/l5/l2.  C.H.W. 

Copies  to  MossrB.  Edisi 

Thtimas  A.  Edison,Inc. 


Edison  Phonographs  and  Records 
Edison  Primary  Batteries 
Edison  Kinctoscopcs  andMoUon  Picture  Films 
Edison  Business  Phonographs 


PRIVATE  March  14,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  '  Sj ZA,  Uj$\sgJT  VO 

Port  Myers,  Plorida.  cLu^  r" 

hear  Mr.  Edison:  L*L^  u  W  - 

It  will  he  necessary  for  me  to  make  so# 
personal  payments  in  March  and  April  amounting  to  §5000.  ^ 

in  March  and  $5000.  in  April.  Hay  I  draw  this  amount  against  / 
whatever  may  he  coming  to  me  for  the  year  just  closed?  It  / 
will  he  a  great  accommodation  to  me.  Whatever  balance  there 
may  he  above  this  amount  I  would  suggest  can  he  paid  in  month¬ 
ly  payments,  as  vms  done  last  year. 

If  you  will  approve  this  I  will  take  up  the  mat¬ 
ter  with  Harry  Miller. 

Yours ^ve ry  truly, 

pid/iww  rr. 



Thomas  A.  Et’i(VJfti5iA§,A.  edison,  ir 

09/s  ?) 

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The  liolair  Co.  has  applied  to  go  into  the  arrange- 
mnt  hut  will  he  accepted  only  upon  favorable  conditions. 

She  /jahrosio  Co-  is  still -hound  hy  contract  until 
October  hut  negotiations  are  pending  to  have  the  contract 


negotiations  ere  at  present  pending  with  the 
Cernor.  manufacturers  of  the  Hess  ter.  Bioscop  and  Autoscop 



Pho  following  films  are  not  wanted  and  will  he  kept 
of  the  combination: 

iaulus  j  Hater 

V.'c  1  tkin  e  mat  o  g  r  a  j.h 

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Bo pub lie 
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j  Robert • 

X  have  seen  what  purports  to  he  the  contracts  with 

1  at 'go ,  Gnumont  and  delig,  although  the  minimum  guarantees  arc 
not  stated,  hut  in  every  case  the  contract  is  conditional 
upon  the  capital  of  4,000,000  marks  being  paid  in  cash  and 
upon  the  further  condition  that  the  contract  shall  not  go  into 

Mr.  Thomas  ...  Kdison- 


effect  until  Juno,  1912. 

A  propoaitionhhas  he  on  made  to  Mr .  Oraf  tnat  v/o 
Should,  go  into  the  combination,  and  the  proposition  hi-. a  hecn 
accepted  "by  him  subject  to  ratification  by  the  Orange  office, 
the  terms  and  details  to  ho  worked  out  in  final  form,  hut 
the  general  conditions  being  as  follows: 

1.  V/o  grant  to  the  Combination  the  exclusive  right 
+o  ou’’  ■'"ilms  in  Ocrmi-ny,  bweden,  liorway  and  Denmark.  ..Iso 
the  exclusive  control  of  projecting  machines  in  those  countries. 
Talkinr-  Pictures  are  not  inclnaed. 

Th.e  arrr.ngoirn-nt  is  to  continue  for  three  years 
and  to  bo  renewed  for  n  further  period  of  three  yoais  if 
t:o  essential  points  of  the  agreement  have  been  fulfilled  by 
both  parties". 

E.  The  Combination  agrees  to  purchase  films  annual¬ 
ly  to  the  amount  of  700,000  Maries  ($175,000).  The  price  paid 
is  94  pfennigs  per  metre  f.o.b.  xaris.  inis  ui.ioui.u..  -o  about 
yft  per  foot. 

•Jo  pay  Oaumont  70  centimes  per  metro  for  printing 
our  positives  in  laris ,  not  including  a  alight  charge  for 
titles  and  sub-titles  amounting  to  20*5  each.  This  amounts 
to  4  1/f*  T*r  foot,  so  that  the  profit  on  the  price  offered 
would  bo  about  2  4/D  ft  per  foot. 

v 17 5, 000  worth  of  film  at  a  foot  would  be  about 
B, BOO, 000  feet,  and  at  a  profit  of  2  4/5  per  foot  the  annual 
profit  under  the  arrangement  would  be  about  4-70,000.  Do  duo  u- 
ing  from  this  as  a  liberal  estimate  $12,500  to  cover  pro- 

Hr.  Thomas  .l. 

.  Edison-  4. 

THOMAS  A.  EDISON,  Incorporated 

portionel  expense  of  negatives,  titles,  etc.,  the  not  profit 
would  ho  $57,500. 

At  the  present  time  Graf  is  getting  about  7(4  per  'oot 
in  3crlin  hut  is  now  paying  Goman  C  steal  duty,  freight,  puok- 
inf,  etc.,  amounting  to  about  2  pfennings  per  metre,  which 
amounts  to  about  l/5  j4  nor  foot. f  ..t  the  present  time,  ac¬ 
cording  to  Graf's  figures ,  our  turnover  in  Germany  is  epprox- 
i mutely  1,300,000  feet  per  year,  so  that  the  arrangement  con- 
tci.i' lutes  a  very  considerable  increase. 

Graf  states  that  the  arrangements  made  with  other 
manufacturers  are  supposed  to  be  based  on  a  guarantee  ocual 
to  their  present  business  but  he  says  that  he  believes  that 
concessions  have  been  made  in  this,  respect ,  as  in  oar 

For  instance,  in  the  case  of  Gaumont,  the  guarantee  is  .  ,00!. 
feet,  which  he  gays  he  believes  to  be  an  increase  of  from  20;i 
to  ZZ}'j.  Ho  gives  no  intimation  that  any  concessions  have 
been  made  to  manufacturers  so  large  us  hav e  boon  offered  to 
us.  Ho  points  out  that  this  concession  was  grunted  for 
two  reasons:  first,  because  wo  arc  new  putting  cut  four  rods 
per  week:  and,  second,  because  our  turnover  in  Germany  has  boon 
curtailed  in  the  past  by  reason  of  our  being  very  c«..reful  of 
our  credits,  end  that  if  we  hud  run  the  risk  that  Oaujaont  has 
our  turnover  would  have  been  much  larger. 

4.  Our  present  stock  of  old  films  and  machines 
in  Berlin  will  he  taken  over  for  the  sura  of  $25,000  in  cash.- 
Graf  intimates  that  he  can  include  also  some  of  the  old  film 
stock  from  London  ana  Paris ,  and  that  he  expects  this  arrange- 

Hr.  Thomas  Edison-  5. 

i  immediate  pro  it  of  between  ^15,000  and 

ment  to  net  ' 


5.  In  the  cuso  of  Scandinavia  the  price  is 
85  pfennigs  per  metro  (0  l/8  t  per  foot)  f.o.h.  Paria. 

Shipments  v/ill  he  made  direct  to  customers  in  Scandinavia 
and  the  agreement  will  specifically  provide  that  films  shipped 
to  Scandinavia  shall  not  he  used  in  Romany.  The  profit  on 
films  shiiroed  to  Scandinavia  would  therefore  he  2  3/10  ^ 
foot  ar.a  tti.  will  Ui^tly  rccuco  the  above  estimate d  prof- 

,  4.  VaBine 5S  would  irro'bfcbly 

its.  *i*ne  femoral*  oj 

not  exceed  10/i  of  the  business  in  terms  ny.  ■. 

The  question  to  ho  decided  is,  slw.ll  we  fo  in.o 
this  arrangement,  assuming  that  all  details  arc  attended  to? 

The  guaranteed  footage  founts  to  shout  50.000  feet  per  week, 
or  an  average  of  1?  copies  per  reel-  This  is  about  50#  more 
tlual  v.o  are  now  doing  in  these  countries,  while  the  price  re¬ 
ceived  is  not  only  better  hut  all  expense  of  handling  and 

...  _ iq  removed.  Ho  one  heliovoo 

marketing  the  films  in  aerm.-n*  is 

ttot  t,„  of  fiw  .m  i™*»M  iorfo.  th.  »«rt  «*. 

Mt  «  *****  «*  !««  *>» 
instance,  the  gentle  Co.,  one  of  the  Independents  in  this 
country,  has  made  the  first  hr calc  in  price  by  reducing  to 
^  por  foot) .  It  is  true  that  during  three  years  we  might 
succeed  in  substantially  increasing  our  output,  hut  to  go 
much  beyond  P.,500,00  -  feet  per  year  will  require  hard  work 
and  a  good  doal  of  expense.  Furthermore,  any  increase  in  oni 
turnover  in  Germany  would  depend  upon  the  popularity  of  the 

Ur.  Thomas  ..  Edisoflroi&s 

films,  and  I  holievo  that  this  increase  would  come  just  the 
same  if  this  arrangement  were  carried  out. 

On  the  other  lu.nd,  suppose  v:o  uid  not  go  into  .he 
arrangement?  V/n  would  find  ourselves  allied  with  a  lot  of 
second-class  films,  and  the  only  respectable  associates  wo 
would  have  would  be  the  Biogra^h,  Kalon  and  Essanay  Companies. 
Vie  would  ho  opposed  to  such  large  concerns  as  Pa  the ,  Caumont, 
Vitagraph,  Selig.  Cinos,  I  tala  and  Kordisk  and  possibly 
Eclair  and  .Anhrosio.  Our  position  would  he  s  gooa  deal 
weaker  relatively  than  the  moot .redmts  in  this  country  ana 
whatever  business  wo  had  would  probably  hr.  secured  only  hy 
hard  work  and  low  prices.  Therefore  I  strongly  urge 

lent  hr  made,  -rovidinc  J  following  points  con 

this  arrangement  be  mtiue , 
he  covered: 

1.  The  minimum  ■ 

or  quarterly  guarantee. 

2.  The  guar ante  ■ 
of  projecting  machines  and  . 

pKiu  feet  should 
•  of  a  monthly 

.  fixed  stock 
:  projecting 

3.  She  price  paid  to  us  for  films  should  be  flex¬ 
ible  enough  to  tJM  care  of  possible  variations  in  cost,  sue): 
as  increased  cost  of  raw  film. 

4.  The  arrangement  should  he  baaed  absolutely 
upon  the  payment  of  the  cash  capital  into  the  treasury. 

5.  It  should  be  based  upon  the  assumption  that 
at  least  lathe,  Guumont,  Selig  and  Vitagraph  enter  into  the 
arrangement  and  that  we  should  have  the  right  to  withdraw 

Mr.  KlOnUi.ES  A.  A.  EDISON,  Incorpor 

in  otiso  any  two  of  those  concerns  withdrew. 

6.  The  agreement  should  provide  that  in  case 
nore  than  7,5  per  foot  is  paid  to  any  manufacturer  in  the 
Combination  we  should  have  the  benefit  of  the  maximum  price. 

7.  It  should  also  provide  that  in  case  the  minimum 
guarantee  for  any  year  is  exceeded,  the  minimum  for  the  fol¬ 
lowing  year  shell  include  the  amount  of  the  excess.  In 
other  words,  if  they  sell  r.oOh.OOO  feet  the  first  year,  the 
minimum  guarantee  for  the  second  year  will  be  3,0j0,000  feet. 
Possibly  other  points  will  occur  to  you  teat  ougnt  to  Ko  x.i^o 
the  agreement. 

Crar"  writes  that  we  have  until  April  20th  to  accept 
or  reject  the  proposed  plan,  so  that  you  will  have  tine  to 
think  this  over  and  make  up  your  mind  when  you  return. 

Personally  I  think  this  is  important  enough  for 
mo  to  go  over,  so  that  everything  will  he  all  right,  and 
unless  you  think  otherwise  I  will  make  arrangements  to  sail 
early  in  Hay.  Frankly,  the  principal!  doubt  I  have  about  the 
entire  arrangement  is  that  these  promoters  may  he  promising 
too  much  and  may  be  undertaking  burdens  that  cannot  bo  car¬ 
ried.  This  can  only  bo  decided  by  a  personal  investigation 
of  the  conditions  of  the  business. 

There  are  a  good  many  other  matters  repairing  my 
attention  in  London,  laris  and  Berlin,  end,  except  for  your 
trip  of  last  year,  no  one  has  visited  the  foreign  offices 
since  I  was  over  in  the  Summer  of  1909.  Hy  idea  was  to  sail 
about  Hay  4th  and  bo  back  about  June  16th,  giving 

l  bout 

ulv  Shomas 

four  weolcs 


E&iS-flftrM/ft'A.  EDISON,  Incorporated 

1;ho  othor  sri&o. 

Yours  very  -truly. 


Messrs.  Berggren:  Eokert :  Brown:  Youmans:  Stevens:  Hudson:  Durand:  Hird 
Bliss:  H.Miller:  Bangley: 

It  has  Been  decided  that  Hr.  Helson  0.  Durand  will  have  charge  of 
the  selling  end  of  the  apparatus  manufactured  in  the  Electrical  Dopt., 
which  v/ill  consist  of  rectifiers,  house  lighting  controllers,  small 
motors,  oto.  All  orders  received,  and  all  correspondence  relating 
to  this  apparatus  should,  therefore,  Bo  first  sent  to  Mr.  Dyrand,  and 
ho  will  pass  them  along  through  the  regular  channels. 

The  Storage  Battery  C!o.  oaid  their  selling  force  are  to  obtain 
ordors  wherever  possible  for  rectifiers  and  controllers,  But  such 
orders,  instead  of  Being  shipped  and  Billed  By  the  Storage  Battery 
Co.,  are  to  Be  3ont  to  Mr.  Durand,  and  are  to  Be  shipped  and  Billed 
By  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

The  Brimary  Battery  Dept,  and  its  salesmen  will  also  obtain 
orders  and  handle  them  in  the  same  manner. 

To  rolmburse  the  Storage  Battery  Co.  and  the  Primary  Battery 
Dept,  for  obtaining  orders,  a  commission,  to  Be  agreed  \ipon  later, 
will  Be  given  them. 

All  orders  for  foreign  shipmont  will  Be  handled  hy  Mr.  Stevens 
of  the  Foreign  Dept.,  But,  for  a  time  at  least,  should  first  Be  sent 
to  Mr.  Durand,  so  that  he  can  keep  in  touch  with  the  Business  obtained 
from  all  sourocs. 

4/18/12.  O.H. Wilson. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Edia^i:  Dyor:  WeBor:  Bachman. 

Messrs.  Berggren:  Eckert:  Brown:  Youmans:  Stevens:  Hudson:  Durand: 
Hird:  Bliss:  H.  Miller:  Bangley. 

Suoplementing  my  memo,  of  the  18th.  ins t.  concerning  the 
Electrical  Dept.,  please  note  the  following  changes  in  paragraphs  2 

aIld  4:  The  Storage  Battery  Co.,  instead  of  acting  as  salesmen 

for  the  T.  A.  E.  Inc.  and  sending  orders  to  the  T.  A.  E.  Inc.  to  he 
shipped  and  hilled  direct,  will  handle  their  own  orders  and  do  their 
ovm  shipping  and  hilling,  that  is,  if  they  sell  rectifiersor 
controllers  in  connection  with  storage  batteries, .  they  will  place  “ 
order  with  the  T.  A.  E.  Inc.  for  them,  and  wnen  ready  tney  are  to  he 
shipped  hy  the  T.  A.  E.  Inc.  to  the  Storage  Battery  Co.,  who  will 
makePshipment  to  the  customer  and  hill  direct.  The  T.  A.  E.  Inc. 
will  hill  to  the  Storage  Battery  Co.  The  Storage  Battery  Co.,  under  • 
this  method  of  handling,  will  he  treated  as  a  jobber  of  the  1.  A.  E.  Inc. 
and  will  receive  the  regular  jobbers'  discounts. 

4/29/12.  C.H.W. 

Copies  to  Messrs.  Ed^/on:  Dyer:  Weber:  Bachman:  Bee, 


:>092  April  30.  1912. 


Ur.  Harry  F.  Miller: 

Will  you  kindly  secure  from  Mr.  Edison 
a  check  to  my  order  for  §5000.00. 

I  outlined  the  necessities  of  the  caBe  in  a 
letter  to  Mr.  Edison  when  he  was  in  Florida. 

F 1.  I 

Will  you  kindly  supply  the  laboratory  iravring 
Koom  with  a  duplicate  list  of  your  revised  standardization 
sheets  regarding  sizeB  of  holes  and  shafts  -  for  various 
fits  screw  sizes  and  such  other  tabulated  data  as  may  allow 
us  to  dimension  our  drawings  more  correctly  for  shop  use. 

We  ,*re  not  at  the  nraaont  conversant  with 
the  newly  established  limits  and  err,  therefore,  liable 
to  improperly  dimension  drawings  about  to  be  sent  you. 

Hoping  this  may  moot  with  your  early  attention. 




Copies  to  Kesfirs.  Bdison,  Anderson  and  File 


June  IX,  1912. 

The  Bradstreet  Company 
776  Broad  street, 
Hewark,  II.  J. 

Gentlemen.  ^  Qul)mJt  tVlc  f0ix„Wj  ns  financial  statement  of 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated,  as  of  February  29th,  191^ 

590,026. 74 
868,014. 63 
5,233. 94 

10,402,502. 44 

Heal  Estate  *  Buildings 

Bachinory  Tools  -  Equipment 

Haw  Material,  finished  Barts  A  In  Process 

Accounts  Receivable 

Due  from  Affiliated  Companies 

Hotes  Receivable 

Cash  deserve  &  Donas 


Stock  in  other  Companies 

linetpi red  Insurance  Premiums 

Accrued  Taxes 


Thomas  A.  Edison  ipe'sjjg'lg 


Capital  Stock  &  Surplus  10,0oi’nnn’nn 

Orange  Diet.  Water  Ice.  CO  Bonds  24.000.00 



Frank  1.  Dyer, 

Carl  H.  Wilson. 
Ernest  J.  Berggren 
Harry  F.  Biller, 

Secretary  &  Treasurer 
Asst.  Secretary  h  Treasu 

Bradstreet  Co.  #2  6-12-12 


Thomas  A.  Edj  son,  Chai  man 

Frank  L.  Dyer 

Carl  H.  V/ilson 

Harry  F.  Miller 

Ernest  J.  Berggren 

Trusting  this  is  satisfactory,  we  remain, 
Yours  very  truly, 


Secretary  &  Treasurer 

30  Clinton  Street, 
Newark,  N.  J. 

Gentl  eiaen: 

'i'howti «  -  Vpt-0Ubm1^  the  folloT,ine  financial  statement  of 
ihonas  a.  Edison,  Incorporated,  as  of  February  29th,  1912. 

868,014.  63 

Real  Estate  &  Buildings 

Uaohinery  Tools  &  Equipment 

Raw  liaterial,  i’inished  Parts  ft  In  Process 

Accounts  Receivable 

Due  from  Affiliated  Comoani  es 

Notes  Receivable 

Cash  Reserve  &  Bonds 


Stock  in  other  Companies 

Unexpired  Insurance  Premiums 
Accrued  Taxes 

Thomas  A.  Edi son 
Accounts  Payable 
Notes  " 

Capital  Stock  &  Surplus 
Orange  Diet.  V/ater  Ice  Co. 

■Bds.  24.000.00 

10,402,502, 44 


Prank  L.  Dyer, 

Carl  H.  V/ilson, 
Ernest  J .  Berggren, 
Harry  ?.  Biller, 

Vi ce-President 
Secretary  &  Treasurer 
Asst.  Secretary  ft  Treasurer 


EDISON,  Incorporated 

.Bun  Co. 



Thomas  A.  Edison,  Chairman 

Frame  L.  Dyer 

Carl  H.  Wilson 

Harry  F.  ISiller 

Erm;Bt  J.  Berggreu 

Trusting  this  is  sati  sfac/l;ory ,  we  remain, 
Yourn  very  truly, 


Secretary  &  Treasurer 

Please  furnish  me  with  Ur.  Edison’s  check 

for  §5000. 

Incidentally,  my  last  payment  was  Anril  30th,  for 
a  like  amount. 

I  v/ould  like  this  check  as  soon  as  possible. 

J.  I.  D. 

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recent  European  trip: 

1  0  H  D  0  II 


Speaking  generally,  I  found  the  attitude  of  those 
connected  with  the  amusement  phonograph  to  ho  one  of  resigned 
discouragement  hut  with  strong  hopes  that  former  conditions 
will  he  restored  or  at  least  that  present  conditions  will  ho 
improved  when  the  Disc  machine  is  put  out.  The  same  attitude 
pervades  the  trade  in  Great  3ritain,  many  of  whom  are  simply 
marking  time,  awaiting  the  coming  of  the  Disc.  Expenses 
connected  with  the  amusement  phonograph  have  apparently  been 
cut  down  ns  low  as  possible,  the  idea  being  to  simply  carry 
the  organization  along  at  the  minimum  cost  during  the  present 
period  of  depression. 

The  entire  trade  in  England  is  on  a  lower  plane 
than  here,  and  the  market  is  flooded  with  cheap  Gorman 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-'  2. 

machines  and  reoords.  I  saw  a  small  hornless  machine  that 
looked  very  well,  which  was  sold  to  the  trade  with  six  6-inch 
records  for  §1.80.  Personally  I  don't  believe  we  will  be 
able  to  do  very  much  in  England  with  the  disc  line ,  except  after 
a  considerable  period  of  education,  or  until  we  can  offer  a 
cheaper  line  of  machines  and  possibly  cheaper  records.  If  wo 
do  not  eventually  do  so  ourselves,  I  feel  confident  that  when 
our  reoords  appear  on  the  British  market,  Pathe  or  someone 
else  will  market  an  attachment  to  permit  the  records  to  be 
played  on  other  machines.  This  is  also  the  belief  of  Mr. 
Cromolin  and  Mr.  Graf. 


A  very  good  man  (Hopkins)  is  in  charge  of  the  Dictat¬ 
ing  machine  and  has  succeeded  in  very  materially  developing 
sales.  .  We  have  an  agreement  with  the  Columbia  Company  on 
the  subject  of  price-maintenance  on  Dictating  machines  in 
Groat  3ritain,  and  so  far  there  has  been  very  little  competi¬ 
tion  from  Germany  and  France.  The  Pathe  people  are  preparing 
to  put  out  a  Dictating  machine  of  the  disc  type,  which  is  to 
be  marketed  in  Great  Britain  by  the  Heneo  Company.  The  out¬ 
look  for  the  Dictating  machine  is  hopeful,  since  the  British 
business  men  seem  to  be  slowly  awakening  to  the  merits  of 
typewriters,  cash  registers,  adding  machines  and  other 
labor-saving  appliances.  Y/hen  I  was  in  London  all  shipments 
of  Dictating  machines  from  America  were  tied  up  by  the  dock 
strike  and  there  was  not  a  single  machine  in  stock,  but  I 
arranged  to  have  Mr.  Graf  send  some  of  his  machines  to  London 

Ilr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  3. 

to  help  them  out  temporarily. 


There  seems  to  lie  no  show  for  our  Kinetoscopcs  in 
Ore at  Britain,  since  they  are  much  more  expensive  than  French 
and  English  machines,  and  our  lamp-house,  arc  lamp  and  stand 
are  inferior  to  the  usual  British  standard.  I  have  Brought 
this  matter  to  Ur.  Gall's  attention,  so  that  when  our  new 
Einetoscopc  is  put  out  it  may  comply  with  foreign  require¬ 
ments,  although  our  high  price  will  always  seriously  handi¬ 
cap  us. 

PIIM  The  film  Business  is  very  satisfactory  and  is  Being 

handled-  intelligently  and  economically.  Our  films  are  popu¬ 
lar,  But  not  so  popular  as  the  Vitagraph  and  Biograph  films. 

It  is  generally  rumored  that  the  Vitagraph  Company  are  cutting 
prices  and  that  this  accounts  for  the  large  use  of  their  films. 
Biograph  films  are  handled  By  the  same  agent  (Hichols)  ,  who 
also  represents  Kalem  and  luBin  films,  so  that  By  having  three 
American  films  he  can  give  practically  a  complete  service. 

In  Great  Britain  the  theatres  are  very  much  finer 
than  in  this  country  and  charge  much  higher  prices  —  gener¬ 
ally  from  12(5  to  75(5.  More  films  are  shown  —  generally' 
from  six  to  eight,  so  that  ordinarily  not  more  than  two  shows 
per  evening  talce  place.  Films  are  in  Better  condition  than 
in  Amorioa. 

The  rental  Business  in  Great  Britain  is  handled 
By  about  twenty  exchanges,  all  of  whom  are  fighting  among 

Mr.  Chon as  A.  Edison-  4. 

themselves,  Just  as  they  did  in  this  country  in  1908.  Under 
the  effect  of  this  competition  the  theatres  are  Sotting  ser¬ 
vice  at  very  low  prices  and  are  very  prosperous,  while  the 
exchanges  are  having  a  hard  time  of  it.  Efforts  are  now 
being  made  to  have  an  understanding  among  the  exchanges  to 
maintain  prices,  lease  films  for  limited  periods,  and  other¬ 
wise  control  the  business,  as  in  this  country.  One  thing 
that  impressed  me  very  strongly  in  London  was  the  fact  that 
there  was  no  English  concern  making  creditable  pictures,  and 
as  a  matter  of  fact  only  about  four  English  concerns  making 
pictures  at  all.  At  the  same  time,  in  talking  with  a  number 
of  film  men,  both  renters  and  owners  of  theatres,  I  got  the 
impression  that  they  would  gladly  welcome  a  good  English  film. 
Furthermore,  I  'was  approached  in  London  by  two  parties  with 
schemes  for  building  studios  in  England  and  making  pictures 
there.  Finally,  I  found  that  the  Vitagraph  Company  were 
operating  in  England  with  a  small  stock  company  headed  by 
their  principal  comedian  (Bunny) ,  and  that  Lubin  also  had  a 
small  stock  company  working  on  the  Southern  Coast,  near 
Brighton.  She  agont  of  the  Biograph  films  also  told  me 
that  the  Biograph  Company  were  seriously  thinking  of  making 
some  pictures  in  England.  In  view  of  these  circumstances 
I  felt  that  it  was  important  for  us  to  make  some  pictures 
in  England,  and  I  therefore  cabled  Mr.  Plimpton  suggesting 
that  he  should  send  over  Mr.  Miller  as  a  Director  and  two 
actors,  Mr.  MacDermott  and  Miss  Hesbitt,  and  also  a  camera 
man.  These  people  are  now  in  England  and  oan  work  there 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  5. 

until  about  October  and  can  take  some  special  English  sub¬ 

X  arranged  with  the  Barker  Company  in  London  for 
the  use  of  their  studio,  at  a  price  of  §20.00  per  day,  in¬ 
cluding  the  services  of  two  men.  V/e  only  have  to  pay  for 
such  time  as  wc  may  use  the  studio,  and  no  guarantee  was  made 
as  to  the  number  of  days  we  may  \ise  it.  The  studio  is  locat¬ 
ed  in  Ealing,  about  ton  mileB  from  the  centre  of  London,  and 
is  a  modern  place  in  every  respect,  with  a  stage  about  60  x  40, 
olectric  lights,  dressing  rooms,  property  room,  carpenter 
shop,  etc.  It  is  located  near  several  good-sized  parks 
where  outside  pictures  can  be  taken. 

I  also  advertised  for  actors,  and  before  I  left  we 
had  a  collection  of  at  least  thirty,  with  their  photographs, 
so  that  Mr.  Miller  will  have  no  difficulty  in  picking  out 
a  competent  English  company.  The  rate  of  pay  in  England  is 
about  $5.00  per  day  and  less. 

Finally,  I  arranged  with  Mr.  Harry  Eurniss  to  give 
his  entire  time  from  July  1st  to  October  1st  in  helping  Mr. 
Millor  in  various  ways,  such  as  by  suggesting  pictures, 
overseeing  the  pictures  so  that  they  may  be  correctly  English, 
getting  costumes  and  properties  and  arranging  for  spooial 
privileges,  such  as  making  pictures  in  the  Zoo,  hospitals, 
public  institutions,  and  on  some  of  the  larger  private  estates. 
Hr.  Furaiss  is  very  well  known  and  popular  in  England  and  I 
believe  his  cooperation  will  be  valuable  to  us.  1  arranged 
to  pay  him  a  salary  of  £25. per  week  ($125)  and  to  take  from 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  6. 

him  three  complete  scenarios  of  dramatic  subjects  at  a  cost 
of  £30  each,  so  that  in  the  three  months  we  will  have  to  pay 
him  in  the  neighborhood  of  §2000.00. 

laubourpe  color  phocess 

I  had  had  some  correspondence  with  a  man  named 
Lamboume ,  who  claimed  to  have  invented  a  new  color  process 
for  films,  and  I  looked  into  this  matter  while  in  London. 

I  found  that  the  process  was  practically  identical  with  the 
stencil  process  used  by  Pathe ,  although  the  details  and  re¬ 
finements  had  not  been  worked  out.  I  saw  nothing  in  the 
proposition  and  therefore  turned  it  down. 


A  new  camera  owned  by  Jury's  Imperial  Pictures, 

Ltd.  ,  had  been  brought  to  my  attention,  which  I  also  looked 
into.  The  essential  feature  of  the  camera  was  the  employ¬ 
ment  of  a  gyroscope  to  hold  the  apparatus  steady  v/hile  pho¬ 
tographing,  the  feed  mechanism  being  operated  by  a  separate 
electric  motor.  It  seemed  to  me  that  such  a  camera  might  be 
useful  in  the  future  for  talcing  photographs  of  topical  sub¬ 
jects  and  for  use  in  positions  where  a  tripod  could  not  very 
well  be  handled.  I  have  a  sample  print  made  by  this  camera, 
and  it  shows  up  very  well  so  far  as  steadiness  is  concerned. 
An  application  for  a  patent  in  this  country  has  been  filed 
but  the  patent  has  not  yet  been  granted.  I  secured  an 
option  on  the  patent  on  the  payment,  of  §500.00  and  with  the 
understanding  that  the  prosecution  of  the  application  should 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  7. 

be  turned  over  to  us,  and  at  any  time  within  two  years  after 
the  patent  is  granted  we  can  secure  the  same  on  the  payment 
of  $300.00  additional.  This  option  has  been  turned  over  to 
the  Motion  Picture  Patents  Company  at  the  same  price,  so  that 
we  are  nothing  out  of  pocket.  If  you  have  any  objection  to 
the  Patents  Company  taking  over  the  patent,  please  let  me  know, 
because  the  transfer  has  not  been  made  and  can  be  stopped. 

I  have  always  understood,  however,  that  you  approve  of  the 
general  principle  of  turning  over  to  the  Patents  Company  all 
patents  that  may  be  of  general  use  to  the  manufacturers.  In 
addition  to  the  above  I  agreed  to  buy  two  of  the  Gyroscope 
Cameras  at  not  more  than  $150.00  apiece,  and  I  brought  one  of 
thorn  over  with  me.  The  other  one  is  expected  shortly.  This 
price  is  very  much  less  than  we  could  build  the  cameras  for 
in  this  country.  With  these  cameras  in  our  possession,  we , 
of  course,  have  a  license  to  use  them,  even  if  the  option  is 
not  taken  up. 


A  sample  of  this  machine  was  received  while  I  was 
in  London,  was  set  up,  and  has  been  shown  to  a  number  of 
phonograph  factors.  A  fair  amount  of  enthusiasm  was  shown,  . 
and  I  believe  that  in  time  a  satisfactory  business  can  be 
developed,  principally  among  our  phonograph  dealers. 


I  have  already  reported  to  you  on  the  new  Gaumont 
Kino to phone.  The  presence  of  that  machine  in  London  and  its 
undoubted  success  in  Paris  stirred  up  more  or  loss  interest 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  8. 

in  the  trade ,  although  the  demonstration  in  London  was  of  such 
a  raodiocre  character  that  the  interest  was  not  particularly 
enthusiastic.  I  felt  that  our  own  position  was  not  suffi¬ 
ciently  settled  to  enable  me  to  make  any  definite  promises  and 
for  this  reason  limited  my  efforts  to  introduce  the  ICineto- 
phono  in  Great  Britain  to  Mr.  Jury,  who  has  made  a  proposition 
which  you  have  approved. 


The  new  Mechanical  Copyright  Act  in  Great  Britain 
went  into  effect  on  July  1,  1912.  It  provides  for  royalties 
on  phonograph  records  hut  the  trade  generally  in  Great  Britain 
have  agreed  to  increase  prices  to  an  extent  to  substantially 
cover  these  royalties  so  us  to  throw  the  burden  on  the  public. 

A  concern  known  as  "Copyrights  Limited"  has  been 
organized  for  the  purpose  of  acquiring  and  dealing  in  mechan¬ 
ical  copyrights.  This  concern  is  supported  by  all  the  talk¬ 
ing  machine  manufacturers  and  importers  in  Great  Britain 
except  the  Gramophone  Company.  There  are  throe  Directors , 
including  Sir  George  Harks  as  Chairman  and  Hr.  Cromelin,  so 
that  we  control  the  policy  of  the  company.  The  theory  of  tho 
concern  is  to  acquire  copyrights  for  mechanical  reproduction 
which  shall  be  open  to  all  subscribers.  On  tho  other  hand 
tho  Gramophone  Company  and  the  Aoleon  Company  have  formed  a 
corresponding  corporation  of  their  own  to  acquire  copyrights 
for  their  own  use.  The  Gramophone  Company  invited  the  rest 
of  tho  trade  to  go  into  their  organization,  but  only  upon 
terms  that  would  have  given  them  complete  control,  so  that  every- 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  9. 

ono  kept  out.  By  organizing  Copyrights  limited,  competition 
has  Been  eliminated  (except  hy  the  Gramophone  Company)  between 
talking  machine  manufacturers  in  Great  Britain,  which  I  con¬ 
sider  to  be  a  desirable  thing,  since  my  competition  on  the 
subject  of  copyrights  merely  increases  the  recording  expense. 

I  believe  that  by  having  a  corporation  such  as  this,  the 
amounts  paid  by  manufacturers  in  royalties  and  bonuses  will 
be  considerably  less  then  under  conditions  of  competition, 
so  that  Copyrights  limited  will  be  practically  self-support¬ 
ing.  If  not,  our  proportion  of  any  expense  in  its  operation 
will  be  small,  since  it  is  managed  from  a  single  office 
with  only  one  cleric. 

In  this  connection  it  was  considered  that  all  the 
British  copyrights  in  our  records  so  far  made  should  be  owned 
by  the  English  company,  so  that  if  necessary  the  English  com¬ 
pany  could  bring  suit  for  infringements.  Therefore,  while 
in  london  I  executed  an  assignment  from  ourselves  to  Thomas 
A.  Edison,  limited,  transferring  to  the  latter  any  British 
copyrights  that  may  oxist  in  our  records  as  so  far  mado.  I 
had  to  take  action  on  short  notice,  because  the  assignment  had 
to  be  recorded  before  the  Copyright  Act  went  info  effect  on 
July  1st.  This  assignment  has  now  been  ratified  in  minutes 
which  have  been  brought  to  your  attention. 


We  had  an  arrangement  with  the  African  Film  Syndicate 
to  take  two  prints  of  each  of  our  subjects  at  7  l/2  |5  per  foot. 
I  was  advised  of  the  cancellation  of  the  contract  by  cable 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  XO. 

v/hi le  in  London ,  the  grounds  for  cancellation  being  that  so 
much  of  our  film  couia  not  he  absorbed  in  South  Africa  and 
the  arrangement  was  too  inflexible,  since  it  gave  no  oppor¬ 
tunity  to  order  more  copies  of  good  films  and  fewer  copies  of 
poor  films.  I  did  not  see  that  anything  could  bo  done  in 
the  way  of  enforcing  the  contract,  because  a  suit  in  South 
Africa  would  be  oxpensA^nnd  uncertain.  Furthermore ,  I  felt 
that  the  arrangement  was  a  poor  one,  since  it  required  the 
Syndicate  to  take  two  prints  of  each  subject  no  matter  how 
inappropriate  the  subject  might  be.  I  therefore  advised 
both'  Mr.  Cromolin  and  Mr-  Stevens  to  consider  South  Africa  to 
be  open  territory,  and  arrangements  were  made  in  London  with 
buyers  to  purchase  from  3000  to  8000  feet  per  week  at  8£  per 
foot.  Mr.  Stevens  can  also  sell  in  that  territory,  so  that 
I  do  not  think  that  we  will  lose  by  the  cancellation  of  the 


This  is  a  matter  that  had  been  brought  to  my  atten¬ 
tion  several  timcB  by  Mr.  Cromelin,  but  there  seemed  to  be  no 
necessity  for  hasty  action.  However,  shortly  before  soil¬ 
ing  for  Europe  an  action  was  commenced  in  London  against  a 
new  concern  called  the  "national  Gramophone  Company",  who 
sent  out  prospectuses  that  they  expected  to  enter  the  market 
with  a  phonograph-cut  disc  record.  One  of  the  promoters  of 
this  enterprise  was  J.  lewis  Young.  V/e  sought  an  injunction 
to  prevent  them  from  using  the  name  "national",  on  the  ground 
that  it  was  part  of  our  corporate  name  and  that  confusion  would 

Mr.  ThomaB  a.  Edison-  11. 

exist,  lmt  the  evidence  showed  that  our  records  and  machines 
were  a lv; ays  known  as  "Edison  Eocords"  or  "Edison  Machines" , 
and  the  judge  intimated  very  strongly  that  he  thought  we  could 
not  prevail.  In  view  of  this  situation  it  seemed  to  mo  to  be 
important,  before  putting  out  the  new  Disc  product,  that  the 
name  of  the  British  company  should  be  changed  to  Thomas  A. 
Edison, limited,  so  that  no  confusion  could  exist  with  the 
national  Gr:mophone  Company  in  case  they  go  ahead  with  their 
phonograph-cut  disc  record.  This  matter  was  brought  to  your 
attention  by  cable ,  you  approved  of  the  change  and  the  change 
was  made  . 


There  was  a  balance  of  £157/6/0  due  from  you  to  the 
Syndicate  in  the  matter  of  unpaid  subscriptions  to  stock,  but, 
as  I  had  understood  from  letters  written  by  the  liquidator, 

I  assumed  that  it  was  not  neoossary  for  you  to  pay  this  amount, 
because  it  seemed  certain  that  dividends  would  be  declared  to 
more  than  cover  the  same.  I  advised  you  to  this  effect. 

When  in  London,  however,  the  liquidator  said  that  the  payment 
of  this  amount  was  not  optional  but  was  compulsory  and  ho 
threatened  to  bring  suit  to  recover  the  some.  I  therefore 
instructed  Mr.  Cromelin  to  pay  the  sum  of  £157/6/0  to  the 
liquidator,  and  his  receipt  has  been  handed  to  Mr.  Miller. 

This  completely  disposes  of  all  obligations  from  you  to  the 
Syndicate ,  and  I  am  informed  by  the  liquidator  that  future 
dividends  will  much  more  than  cover  this  disbursement. 

Mr*  Thomas  A.  Edison-  12. 


At  the  present  time  we  have  three  places  in  London, 

as  follows: 

pk  Qiericenwell  Road:  Our  present  lease  runs  until 

March  25,  1930,  hut  may  he  terminated  March  25,  1916,  and 
the  annual  rent  is  £420,  exclusive  of  rates,  taxes,  etc, 

•which  increase  it  to  £572.  Y/e  have  the  entire  Gilding  at 
this  location  (three  floors) .  hut  they  are  not  fully  occupied. 
On  the  ground  floor  the  Dictation  machine  is  handled,  and 
there  is  another  office  with  three  clerks.  In  the  hack 
is  a  shipping  room  for  handling  the  Dictation  machines.  Mr. 
Cromelin  also  has  an  office  on  this  floor.  On  the  second 
floor  are  Mr.  Hayes’  office,  reception  room  for  talent,  a 
recording  room  and  a  committee  room  where  records  are  heard 
and  trials  are  tested.  In  the  committee  room  there  are  also 
samples  of  the  complete  British  list  and  some  American,  French 
and  German  records.  On  the  third  floor  there  arc  a  large 
office  where  films  are  handled,  including  the  handling  of 
posters,  a  small  projecting  room  (not  now  in  use)  and  a  small 
office  for  handling  kinetoscope  s  and  primary  batteries.  The 
building  could  hold  three  or  four  times  as  many  people.  It 
is  located  fairly  well  for  a  wholesale  business.  For  the 
effective  handling  of  Dictation  machines  the  location  is  a 
poor  one,  and  for  the  display  of  films  the  location  is  quite 
out  of  the  question,  since  all  films  are  shown  by  all  the 
manufacturers  and  agents  within  a  very  limited  territory,  to 
which  the  buyers  confine  their  operations. 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Eaison-,  13. 

Y/i  Hob  don  Works:  The  present  lease  expires  June 

24,  1928,  hut  may  he  terminated  in  1914  or  1921.  The  annual 
rent  is  £800,  to  which  must  he  added  rates,  taxes,  etc.,  which 
increase  it  to  about  £1,066.  Of  coxirse  the  idea  of  this  plant 
was  that  it  would  he  used  for  manufacturing  purposes.  At 

the  present  time  the  office  headquarters  are  located  here , 
with  accountants,  hook-keepers,  etc.,  and  I,Tr.  Cromclin  makes 
this  his  principal  office.  Except  for  the  storage  of  records 
and  machines  and  for  shipping  facilities  the  place  is  quite 
deserted.  As  an  office  location,  Willesden  is  about  as  far 
from  London  as  Yonkers  is  from  Hew  York. 

Gerrard  Street:  The  present  lease  expires  March 

25,  1916,  hut  may  he  terminated  on  one  year's  notice.  The 
annual  rent  is  £80  (landlord  pays  rates  and  taxes).  Here 
we  have  a  room  about  20  feet  square  (with  a  projecting  room 
behind)  in  which  our  films  are  shown.  The  room  is  fitted 
up  neatly  with  pictures,  etc.,  and  there  are  about  16  cheap 
thoatre  seats  whore  the  buyers  may  sit  to  see  our  films.  The 
pictures,  being  thrown  only  about  20  feet,  are  small,  but  the 
illumination  is  correspondingly  bright.  This  exhibiting  room 
is  on  the  second  floor  of  a  four-story  building,  the  floors 
above  being  used  as  flats.  The  stairway  is  narrow  and  dark. 
Since  moving  to  Gerrard  street  v/e  have  been  able  to  show  our 
films  to  all  the  buyers,  as  the  exhibiting  room  is  located  in 
the  proper  district.  But,  nevertheless,  a  number  of  people 
said  to  me  that  this  was  hardly  the  place  where  Edison  pictures 
ought  to  be  shown.  For  instance,  Mr.  Hichols,  who  handles 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  14. 

the  Biograph,  Lubin  and  Kalem  films,  has  an  exhibiting  room 
occupying  an  entire  floor,  probably  25  feet  wide  and  60  feet 
long,  fitted  up  like  a  small  theatre,  with  a  girl  playing 
the  piano  during  the  exhibition  of  pictures. 

It  is  perfectly  obvious  that  having  these  three 
places  is  a  very  poor  and  expensive  plan  of  doing  business. 

The  combined  rents  of  three  places  are  high  and  the  office 
force  is  divided  among  all  throe  of  them,  so  that  work  is 
being  duplicated.  It  takes  a  long  time  to  get  from  ono  to 
the  other.  I  told  Mr.  Cromelin  that  he  ought  to  make  every 
effort  to  sub-let  the  \7i lies den  and  Clerkenwell  Hoad  buildings, 
so  as  to  have  his  force  located  in  one  building,  and  that 
suitable  provision  should  be  made  for  a  more  dignified  and 
attractive  exhibition  of  our  films.  I  believe  this  can  be 
done  and  veiy  much  better  quarters  secured  at  a  considerable 
saving  in  money.  Mr*  Honnot  was  considering  the  possibility 
of  taking  over  the  7/illesden  Y/orke ,  and  negotiations  were  also 
in  progress  with  an  automobile  concern  to  take  over  the  lease 
of  the  IVillesden  plant.  Even  if  we  only  succeed  in  getting 
rid  of  the  WillcBdon  plant  it  'would  bo  bettor  to  concentrate 
the  force  at  Clerkenwell  Road  than  to  divide  up  between  two 


Prom  London  I  went  to  Berlin,  where  I  spent  about 
a  week.  The  offices  are  on  the  third  floor  of  a  building 
on  one  of  the  principal  streets,  and  I  am  impressed  by  the 
fact  that  Mr*  Craf  is  conducting  his  operations  as  economi- 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  15. 

cally  as  possible.  They  comprise  an  outer  office,  a  pro¬ 
jecting  room  an a  two  other  offices,  one  occupied  by  Hr.  Orof 
ana  the  other  by  Hr.  Thorhauer,  his  assistant,  and  Hr.  Grusser, 
who  has  charge  of  our  film  business. 


I  went  to  Europe  principally  abo^lt  this  matter,  and 
the  first  day  I  reached  Berlin  the  situation  looked  discour¬ 
aging,  because  one  of  Von  Sehack's  associates  tola  me  that 
the  banks  had  withdrawn  from  the  arrangement.  later,  in 
London,  Von  Schack  told  me  that  the  banks  had  agreed  to  fin¬ 
ance  the  proposition  provided  the  annual  guarantees  could  be 
reduced,  and  I  therefore  gave  them  an  option,  which  is  to  be 
taken  up  by  August  15th  and  concerning  which  I  have  written 
you  in  full.  The  contract  provides  for  minimum  purchases 
for  Germany  alone  amounting  to  425,000  Marks  (§106,000) 
annually.  I  do  not  by  any  means  feel  that  this  contract  will 
bo  carried  out,  and  Mr.  Graf  also  expressed  his  doubts  to  mo 
before  sailing.  Personally  it  seems  to  me  that  a  proposition 
of  this  sort  is  too  large  and  too  speculative  in  character 
for  the  banks  to  undertake  its  exploitation.  At  the  sane 
tine,  I  understand  that  the  German  banks  go  into  these  specu¬ 
lative  ventures  more  readily  than  in  America.  I  felt,  how¬ 
ever,  that  we  should  make  the  contract,  because  similar  con¬ 
tracts  had  already  been  made  with  many  other  manufacturers, 
including  Pathe,  Vitagraph,  Solig,'  Biograph,  Kalera , and  Lubin. 

In  view,  of  the  serious  doubt  in  my  mind  that  the 
contemplated  arrangement  in  Germany  would  not  be  curried  out, 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  16. 

it  occurred  to  me  that  it  might  he  possible  for  us  to  make  an 
arrangement  with  Hichols,  the  European  agent  for  Biograph,  Salem 
and  lubin  films,  by  which  we  could  also  represent  those  films 
in  Germany  in  addition  to  our  own.  At  the  present  time 
Hichols  has  a  very  poor  representation  in  Germany,  and,  con¬ 
sequently,  little  business  is  done  there  by  him.  There  is 
no  reason  why  Biograph,  Kalem  and  Lubin  films  should  not  be 
popular  in  Germany  if  properly  handled,  and  I  feel  that  if  wo 
could  take  over  those  films  and  have  them  in  our  charge ,  our 
position  would  be  very  much  stronger  than  it  now  is  and  at 
the  same  time  the  arrangement  would  be  a  profitable  one, 
because  we  could  handle  the  additional  films  without  material¬ 
ly  increasing  our  expense.  However,  nothing  definite  along 
this  line  was  done,  although  various  plans  were  discussed. 

The  matter  was  left  in  abeyance  until  the  letter  part  of  this 
month,  when  Hichols  expects  to  come  over.  At  that  time  the 
quostion  can  be  taken  up  again  and  if  possible  a  suitable 
arrangement  made  which  can  be  submitted  to  you  for  approval. 

On  this  point  I  might  say  that  a  similar  arrangement  was  made 
with  Hichols  in  RusBia  under  which  he  undertakes  to  handle  our 
films  there,  as  a  result  of  which  we  hope  to  improve  our 
position  in  that  country.  In  Russia  the  arrangement  is  pure¬ 
ly  informal  and  can  be  terminated  at  any  time. 


One  question  I  attempted  to  investigate  in  both 
Berlin  and  London  was  the  great  disparity  in  the  sales  of 

It  frequently  happens  that  a  picture  that  is 

iertain  films. 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  17. 

popular  in  this  country  falls  flat  in  England  or  Germany. 

On  the  other  hand,  .we  may  consider  a  film  to  he  rather  ordinary 
in  character  and  it  may  he  a  great  success  in  those  countries. 

I  recall  one  picture  that  was  actually  twice  rejected  hy  the 
Committee  and  was  put  out  only  when  Mr*  Plimpton  earnestly 
insisted  that  it  should  he,  end  which  in  both  England  and 
Germany  met  with  more  than  ordinary  success.  Why  is  this? 

I  obtained  a  complete  report  from  our  film  man  in  London  and 
am  awaiting  a  similar  report  from  Berlin  as  to  all  of  our  films 
sold  during  the  past  two  or  three  years,  explaining  os  fully 
as  possible  the  reasons  for  their  success  or  failure,  and  with 
this  information  before  him  I  hope  that  Hr.  Plimpton  will  bo 
able  to  avoid  the  characteristics  that  may  have  counted  against 
our  filmB  in  Europe  and  emphasize  those  points  that  are  desir-. 
able,  without  affecting  their  general  character  "'or  the  United 


Some  time  before  sailing  Mr.  Graf  advised  me  that 
he  had  personally  made  a  number  of  contracts  with  several  of 
the  loading  German  and  Austrian  composers,  under  which  he 
obtained  from  them  for  limited  periods  exclusive  talking  machine 
rights  in  their  compositions  for  all  countries,  including  not 
only  certain  enumerated  works  but  in  all  the  musicul  works  of 
the  respective  composers  published  during  the  perl  od  of  five 
years  following  tho  dates  of  the  several  contracts. 

Hr.  Graf  has  advinced  on  these  contracts  up  to 
January  10,  1912,  the  sum  of  22,637  Harks  (approximately 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  10. 

§5,659),  ana  the  question  put  up  to  us  was  whethor  or  not 
we  wished  to  assume  these  contracts  and  pay  Ur.  Graf  the  money 
he  has  advanced. 

There  is  no  question  in  my  mind  hut  that  the  con¬ 
tracts  were  made  hy  Ur.  Graf  for  the  benefit  of  the  company, 
because  the  contracts  provide  that  the  rights  therein  shall 
accrue  to  Ur.  Graf's  successor;  but  nevertheless,  in  view  of 
the  fact  that  the  contracts  have  been  made  by  Mr.  Graf  with¬ 
out  first  referring  the  matter  to  us,  he  states  that  he  is  quite 
willing  to  retain  them  personally,  and  he  believes  they  can 
be  made  the  source  of  profit.  As  a  matter  of  fact,  from 
the  licenses  granted  to  others  to  the  use  of  the  Opera  "Eva" , 
he  had  up  to  the  time  of  my  visit  to  Berlin  received  in  roy¬ 
alties  about  3500  Marks. 

Before  considering  the  contracts  in  detail,  I  will 
refer  to  those  general  features  that  are  common  to  all  of  them. 

The  contracts  provide  that  they  may  be  extended  for 
a  further  period  of  five  years,  provided  notice  of  the  can¬ 
cellation  of  the  contract  is  not  given  one  year  before  the 
expiration  of  the  first  five-year  period.  The  composers  have 
no  option  to  extend  the  contract  themselves. 

The  agreement  recites  that  they  are  to  be  interpreted 
according  to  the  German  law. 

Graf  agrees  to  pay  to  the  composer  in  each  case 
one-half  of  the  royalty  actually  received  by  him,  except  on 
records  made  by  Graf  or  his  successor  (meaning  the  Edison 
Company) .  On  the  latter  records  the  composers  receive  a 

Mr*  Thomas  A.  E  Si  son-  19. 

royalty  of  5 fo  of  the  net  selling  price  unless  a  lower  royalty 
or  license  is  fixed  by  la w  or  established  by  decisions,  c.nd 
in  the  latter  case  the  composer  receives  ono-half  of  such 
lower  royalty  instead  of  5$. 

Each  composer  receives  on  advance  payment,  herein¬ 
after  referred  to  under  the  specific  contracts. 

In  the  case  of  Frans  lehar  this  advance  poymont  is 
a  yearly  guarantee  for  five  years,  but  with  the  other  con¬ 
tracts  there  apparently  is  no  such  guarantee. 

The  contracts  contain  a  provision  that  Graf  is  not 
responsible  for  the  collection  of  royalties,  and  it  is  left 
to  him  to  determine  in  what  manner  the  royalties  shall  bo 

Settlement  is  to  be  made  half  yearly,  and  the  com¬ 
poser  has  the  right  to  examine  the  books. 

Except  in  the  case  of  Frans  lehar,  the  composer 
agrees  to  satisfy  the  claims  of  authors  of  the  texts  and 
librettos,  so  that  there  will  be  no  extra  rpyalties  in  this 

The  oontraets  provide  for  forfeitures  or  fines  in 
the  event  of  the  composer  failing  to  fulfill  his  obligations. 

Graf  agrees  to  take  legal  action  "as  far  as  possible" 
to  stop  infringements. 

Each  composer  agrees  to  furnish  Graf  with  the 
material  of  eaoh  musical  work  during  rehearsal  and  at  the 
latest  at  least  four  days  before  the  first  performance  of  the 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  20. 

Theso  are  the  more  important  provisions  of  the 
several  contracts,  which  are  quite  lengthy. 

Specif ically,  the  contracts  in  the  individual  cases 
with  the  names  of  the  composers  are  as  follows: 

Franz  lohar 

Tho  contract  covers  all  works  not  published  before 
'October  3,  1911,  for  a  period  of  five  years  from  that  date. 

J  The  advance  payment  to  Lehnr  was  4,000  Crowns 
(about  §1000) ,  with  a  corresponding  advance  each  year. 

The  contract  may  be  terminated  by  Graf  (but  not  by 
the  composer)  by  notice  in  writing  "six  months  before  the 
expiration  of  each  agreement  year". 

lehar  does  not  agree  to  satisfy  the  claims  of 
authors  of  texts  and  librettos. 

Heinrich  Heinhardt 

Contract  covers 'all  works  published  after  the  expi¬ 
ration  of  present  agreement  with  the  "Ammre"  (a  German  Copyright 
combination),  for  a  period,  of  five  years. 

Advance  payment  2,000  Crowns  (approximately  §500) . 

Richard  Fall 

All  works  published  from  June  15,  1911,  for  a  period 
of  five  years,  including  two  specified  works,  namely:  "An 
Opera  in  three  acts,  still  without  title",  by  E.  Motz,  and 
"der  Golbe  Karpfen". 

Advance  payment  1500  Crowns  (approximately  §375). 

C-.H.  Ziehrer 

All  musical  works  published  from  June  15,  1911, 
for  a  period  of  five  years,  including  a  work  entitled  "Bull 
bei  Hofe". 

Advance  payment  2000  Crowns  (approximately  §500). 

Bela  Lasky 

"Barbara  Fritsche"  and  all  works  published  from 

Hr.  Thomas  a.  Edison-  21. 

November  10,  1911,  for  ft  period  of  five  years. 

Advance  payment  250  Crowns  (approximately  §62.50). 

Bruno  Graniohstadten 

Contract  covers  "Kasimir's  Himmelfahrt"  and  all 
works  published  from  November  1,  1911,  for  a  period  of  five 

Advance  1000  Crovms  (approximately  §250). 

Henry  Bereny 

Contract  covers  "Die  Blnue  luppe"  and  "Dio  Dame 
von  Maxim"  and  all  works  published  from  June  8,  1911,  for 
a  period  of  five  years. 

Graf  reserves  the  right  to  cancel  the  agreement 
at  tho  end  of  each  year  on  six  months'  notice  in  writing. 

Advance  of  2500  Marks  (approximately  §650). 
Hobert  Y/intcrberg 

The  contract  covers  "Clo-Clo"  and  all  works  pub¬ 
lished  from  June  15,  1911,  for  a  period  of  five  years. 

Graf  reserves  the  right  to  cancel  the  agreement 
at  the  end  of  each  year  on  six' months'  notice  in  writing. 

Advance  500  Harks  (approximately  §125). 

Contracts  have  also  been  made  with  Bodanski, 

Dr.  Willner  and  ieo  Stein,  writers  of  librettos  for  Franz 
Lohar,  under  which  they  permit  their  librettos  to  bo  used 
in  the  wor>s  of  Xehar  or  made  use  of  by  Graf  under  the 
contraot  at  lump  sums  of  500  Crovms  each,  or  a  total  of  1500 
Crovms  (approximately  §575). 

I  did  not  bring  these  contracts  to  your  attention 
before  leaving  because  X  was  not  sure  that  I  fully  understood 
them,  r-nd  1  have  therefore  talked  them  over  with  Mr*  Graf 

in  Berlin. , 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edisi 

Che  total  amount  of  cash  disbursements  aggregates 
$5,659  already  paid  by  Mr.  Graf  up  to  January  of  this  year 
and  about  $4,000  payable  during  the  next  five  years  to  Frans 
lobar,  making  a  total  of  about  §9,500.  In  addition  to  this 
there  would,  of  course,  be  royalties  to  be  paid  in  ease  those 
selections  are  used. 

Having  tho  exclusive  rights  to  the  compositions  of 

these  composers  for  a  possible  period  of  ton  yoais,  we  < 
if  the  contracts  are  taken  over,  grant  licenses  to  othoa 
ing  machine  manufacturers  and  could  probably  make  some  i 
out  of  .the  proposition.  The  questions  therefore  to  be 

considered  are: 

1.  shall  we  let  Mr.  Graf  keep  the  contract  and 
make  what  he  can  out  of  them,  charging  us,  of  course,  the 

mini mum  royalties  for  such  compositions  as  we  may  use,  together 
with  a  small  sum  as  an  advance  payment  to  cover  the  propor¬ 
tion  of  the  advances  already  made  by  him? 

2.  Shall  we  take  over  the  contracts  ourselves,  pay¬ 
ing  Mr.  Graf  the  advances  already  made  by  him,  and  allowing 
him  as  our  agent  in  Berlin  to  make  as  much  profit  as  possible 

out  of  the  contracts? 

3.  Shall  we  endeavor  to  sell  the  contracts  to 
Copyrights,  limited  (referred  to  on  page  8  of  this  report),, 
so  that  all  tho  subscribers  to  that  corporation  may  have  tho 

benefit  of  the  contracts? 

I  would  like  to  have  your  opinion  on  these  questions. 
Personally,  I  believe  that  since  the  contracts  were  made  by  Thomas  A.  Edison-  23. 

Hr.  Graf  «th  .1,.  d.sir.  «.  w  P“rt  “ 

«  should  either  tat.  thee,  over  or  endeavor  te  sell  then  te 

Copyrights  limit fid. 

diotatihc  hachiiies 

Share  teens  te  he  s  very  good  narhet  lor  Dict.ting 
machines  in  France.  Belgium,  Germany  and  -*»=tria.  although 
competition  is  very  Men.  Ihs  Goman  nnehin.s  are  ell 
cheaper  than  ours,  «hile  the  Dictaphone,  »Uch  is  sold  Icr 
$100  in  london.  is  sold  for  860  in  Berlin.  Shcrt-t.m  con¬ 
tracts  h«»o  been  mad.  .ith  dealers  in  France.  Belgium  and 
Austria  te  handle  cur  Biotating  machines  en  a  basis  of 
guaranteed  minimum  yearly  purchases,  hut  non.  of  the  guarantees 
have  been  nod.  good,  although  these  agents  I  believe  are  nois¬ 
ing  every  effort  to  introduce  the  -chines.  Be  arrsng.nonts 
can  therefor,  be  cancelled  at  any  time  at  our  option.  Possi¬ 
bly,  in  order  to  meet  competition,  particularly  in  O.msny  and 
Austria,  it  may  he  necessary  to  some.hat  reduce  our  selling 
prices,  and  1  .ill  have  this  matter  loowd  into  and  see  .hot 
can  he  done.  The  impression  is  that  ours  is  the  best  machine; 
its  reputation  is  good;  it  can  oommand  a  higher  prio.  than 
competing  machine..  But  »  is  new  so  muoh  more  erp.asive  than 
o tlior  mabhine.  that  sale,  are  necessarily  limited. 

R'l'CVRAGE  battery 

Hoarding  the  Storage  Battery  situation,  X  saw 
Hr.  Bergman,  in  Baden  and  found  hi.  looking  in  good  health 
but  evidently  smarting  under  the  sting  ef  his  recent  financial 

Hr.  Thorn  b  A.  Edison-  24. 

troubles.  He  hud  gotten  around  to  the  point  of  view  of 
attributing  part  of  his  difficulties  to  his  experiences  with 
the  battery,  and  ho  stated  to  me  that  if  the  Banks  had  not 
had  such  an  unfortunate  experience  with  his  3attery  Company 
they  would  have  been  more  lenient  with  him.  He  seemed  to  me 
to  bo  like  a  man  grasping  at  straws,  and  I  believe  he  is  anx¬ 
ious  to  sell  the  Battery  Company  at  a  substantial  loss. 

In  talking  about  the  contract,  he  stated  that  it 
had  been  extended  by  you  when  you  were  in  Europe.  I.  had 
never  heard  of  this,  but  on  returning  to  Berlin  I  saw  the 
original  contract  and  noted  that  you  had  endorsed  thereon  the 

"This  contract  is  hereby  extended  to  nineteen  Hundred 
and  Twenty.  Thomas  Alva  Edison.  Berlin,  September 
23,  1911." 

I  have  advised  Hr.  Miller  of  this  fact  so  that  our 
copy  here  may  correspond  with  that  in  Berlin. 

I  also  had  a  number  of  interviews  with  Mr-  Monnot 
in  Berlin,  Paris  and  London,  and  also  an  interview  with  Hr. 
Usman  in  London,  but  I  was  particularly  careful  not  to  become 
involved  in  any  controversy  between  them.  Hr.  Monnot  insist-  • 
ed  that  Boach  had  given  him  the  European  rights  tc  the  Beach 
car,  but  aside  from  this  he  felt  as  the  exclusive  represen¬ 
tative  of  the  Edison  Battery  in  Europe,  he  should  also  handle 
the  street  car  end  and  not  have  it  complicated  by  anything  that 
Mr.  Lisman  might  do.  Monnot  argued  that  Lisman  was  primarily 
interested  in  rehabilitating  defunct  horse-car  and  trolley 
lines,  that  it  would  be  to  his  interest  only  to  sell  Beach 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  25. 

cars  for  those  lines;  that  ho  would  probably  not  be  interested 
in  introducing  the  Beach  ear  on  other  lines;  that  he  would 
certainly  not  introduce  the  Beach  car  on  linos  that  compete 
with  his  own;  and  that  therefore  the  introduction  of  the 
battery  would  not  be  so  rapid  as  it  would  be  in  the  hands  of 
a  syndicate  that  had  to  do  only  with  the  oars  and  had  no  con¬ 
nection  whatever  with  the  financing  of  tramcar  systems.  Mr. 
Monnot  claimed  that  he  could  secure  all  the  capital  necessary 
to  introduce  the  Beach  car  to  as  large  an  extent  as  possible, 
in  discussing  the  matter  with  Mr.  Usman  he  stated  that  you 
did  not  want  Monnot  to  interest  himself  in  the  financing  of 
street  cars  or  the  financing  of  street  car  systems,  but  wanted 
him  to  devote  himself  exclusively  to  the  introduction  of  the 
battery  in  all  other  fields  that  were  opened  up.  I  thought 
I  recognized  in  this  statement  a  suggestion  as  coming  direct 
from  you,  and  I  therefore  advised  Monnot  that  in  my  judgment, 
in  view  of  your  wishes  in  the  matter  and  what  you  had  written 
to  Usman,  ho  should  cooperate  with  Usman  and  not  oppose  him. 

I  understand  from  Mr.  Beach  that  Monnot  and  Usman  have  now 
gotten  together  end  will  cooperate. 



I  spent  only  one  day  in  Baris  but  had  often  discussed 
the  situation  with  Mr.  Graf,  as  a  result  of  which  I  made  up 
my  mind  that  we  ought  to  stop  the  expense  of  making  any  fur¬ 
ther  records  in  that  city  intended  for  the  Bronch  business. 

At  the  present  time  we  are  issuing  about  10  records  per  month 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  26. 

at  the  Baris  office,  and  the  sales  are  practically  nothing 
This  expense  should  he  cut  out.  and  I  gave  orders  that  no 
more  records  should  he  made  in  Baris  intended  for  the  French 
popular  list.  At  the  present  time  v,e  have  sufficient  masters 
to  enable  us  to  put  out  French  records  up  to  December,  so  that 
if  you  do  not  agree  with  me  in  this,  the  arrangement  can  he 
commenced  again.  It  does  seem  to  me,  however,  that  this 
expense  is  unnecessary  and  that  if  we  want  to  make  records  for 
use  in  France  the  masters  can  he  made  in  London.  If  the 
Pise  develops  and  the  business  can  he  done  in  France  to  a 
sufficient  extent  to  warrant  again  starting  a  recording  plant 
in  Paris  this  can  he  done. 


At  the  present  time  we  have  no  office  in  Baris  hut 
maintain  a  storehouse  at  Levallois,  the  rent  of  which  is 
§300  per  year,  and  from  this  the  small  amount  of  business  that 
we  do  in  France  is  handled;  hut  there  are  no  facilities  for 
handling  the  film  business  and,  consequently,  our  film  busi¬ 
ness  in  Franco  is  very  small,  averaging  only  about  12,000 
feet  per  week.  some  of  the  other  American  manufacturers 
are  doing  much  better  :n  Paris,  and  both  Hr.  Graf  and  Hr. 
Lolanann  felt  that  if  we  could  have  a  small  office  in  the  city 
from  which  our  films  could  he  shown  there  would  he  a  much  bet¬ 
ter  opportunity  of  accomplishing  something.  Also,  an  office 
in  the  city  would  enable  us  to  do  business  more  effectively 
with  Gaumont,  and  Hr.  Lehmann  tells  me  that  there  are  still  a 
few  retail  customers  in  Paris  who  could  he  supplied  from  that 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  87. 

office.  X  therefore  authorized  him  to  look  around  for  a 
small  office  in  Boris  where  he  could  locate  himself  and  from 
which  films  might  he  shown,  a  limit  of  $1,000  annually  being 
Placed  for  added  expense  of  rent,  etc.  Even  if  no  additional 
business  is  done,  the  small  added  expense  of  this  office  will 
be  probably  justified  by  the  increase  in  efficiency  in  handling 
the  present  arrangement  with  Gauraont. 

The  above  are  the  principal  things  I  attended  to  in 
Europe .  A  great  many  minor  matters  were  taken  up,  such  as 
considering  patents  that  were  offered  for  sale,  examining 
new  machines  introduced  by  competitors  find,  examining  various 
propositions  in  which  it  was  hoped  we  might  beeme  interested. 

I  also  saw  a  great  many  people,  many  of  whom  were  your  personal 
friends,  and  all  of  whom  wished  me  to  extend  to  you  their 
best  wishes. 

In  addition  to  accomplishing  certain  specific  things, 
I  think  that  my  European  trip  was  advisable  because  of  its 
psychological  effect-  The  various  employees  in  London, 

Berlin  and  Paris  had  not  hoen  visited  for  three  years  by  an 
officer  of  the  company  and  had  gotten  to  feel  that  they  were 
out  of  touch  with  us  here  and  that  wo  oared  very  little  whether 
they  were  suooessful  or  not.  The  depression  in  the  phono¬ 
graph  business  had  also  made  them  discouraged.  I  was  able 
to  give  them  encouragement  for  the  future,  and  I  am  sure  tnat 
they  will  tak<T more  interest  in  their  work  than  they  would  if 
I  had  not  gone. 

Yours  very  truly. 




Mr.  V.'obor: 

Referring  to  storage  spaco,  Mr.  Edison  has  agrood  to  our 
using  such  portion  of  the  lowor  floor  of  cement  eabinot  building 
as  Holdemoss  does  not  requiro  to  go  on  with  his  experiments,  and  on 
taking  the  matter  up  with  Holdemoss,  I  find  we  can  have  ovor  ono-half 
of  the  lowor  floor  by  removing  and  cleaning  out  such  stuff  as  is  now 
there.  It  scom3  to  mo  wo  aro  more  congested  in  tho  cabinet  finishing 
room  than  anywhere  olso.  and  as  this  room  is  now  largely  occupied  by 
iVmberola  or  A-250  disc  cabinets,  for  Which  wo  will  probably  have  no 
use  for  tho  no  act  six  months  at  loast,  I  think  you  should  arrange  to 
move  3omo  of  these  cabinets  ovor  to  the  building  above  mentioned 
at  onco.  Do  not  lot  fire  risk  provont  your  making  this  raovo 
as  if  considered  necessary  wo  can  insuro  tho  cabinets  with  outside 

partios .  I  noticoa  th0  TOtor  dripping  through  from  tho  second  floor 
in  some  places  in  tho  cement  cabinet  building  and,  of  courso,  stops 
should  bo  taken  to  prevent  this.  Perhaps  it  would  bo  necessary  to 
cover  tho  cebinot3  with  oilcloth  or  tarpaulin. 


Messrs.  Dolbeer:  Falser:  Farrells  Hudson:  Durand:  Goodw3n^»ll: 
Weber:  Bird:  Youmans :  Ireton:  Stevens: 

jrorn  now  on  and  until  further  advised4r.  Edison  desires 

to  Enow  what  complaints  are  reoeived  from  theVpuhUo.  oustomers 
and  all  sources,  regarding  our  machines,  workmanship  and  attention 
to  business.  As  it  will  he  impracticable  to  send  in  the  original 
letters  containing  these  complaints  for  the  reason  that  in  most  in¬ 
stances  they  also  contain  orders  or  some  other  matter  which  necessitate 
their  being  kept  in  their  respective  departments,  you  will  please  have 
copies  made  of  all  complaints  of  the  nature  described  and  send  them 
to  Mr.  Bird,  who  will  hand  them  to  me  at  the  end  of  each  week  and  1 
will  see  that  Mr.  Edison  gets  them.  ^  ^ 


Copieste  to  Messrs. 


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Mooting  of  Manufacturing  Committee 
Hold  Septomber  otli,  1912 

Present:  Moaara.  Dyer,  Wiloon,  V/ober,  Hutchison,  Redfeam  &  Hird: 
Motal  Stand  for  School  Phonograph  Outfit. 

A  samnlo  of  Motal  Stand  for  School  Phonograph  was  exhibited 
mod ol^as^appro ved  md  ^o^er^r^OO^ai  authorized. 


delivered  at  once,  ’balance  as  required. 

Changes  in  Model  "B"  Projecting  Kinotoscope. 

A  Model  "B"  P.IC.  Mechanism  was  exhibited  showing  th® 
following  changes  made  necessa^r  on  account  of  complaints 

1st?  Trolling  system  for  outside  shatter  mechanism _ 

2nd.  Aperture^ Plato  protected  insuring  uniform  bearing 
surface  forfilm.  3rd.  Film  Gate  changed  to  accommodate 
steel  runners  which  are  acted  upon  by  tension  sprigs 
and  pivoted  so  as  to  insure  equal  tension 
of  film.  4th.  lower  TenBion  Brookot  made  in  two  parts, 
one  swiveling  on  the  other  so  as  to  insure  perfect  con- 
Irtth  s^lockot.  5th.  Tho  substitution  of  larger 
Mitro^Gearo^for^thoae  now  in  use.  All  of  these  changes 
were  approvod. 

Typewriter  Table  far  Diotating  Machine. 

A  samnlo  of  motal  Stand  for  Diotating  Machine  was  sub¬ 
mitted  from  The  Toledo  Motal  Furniture  Company.  The 
Stand  having  folding  sides  made  of  Quartorod  Oak  which 

Sckmrevo^‘twohsheSos  for  holding  Voice  writing  Blanks 
in  tho  roar  of  the  machine. 


A- 80  Mahogany  Cabinets. 

A  sample  Cabinet  with  a  Top  Grill  made  in  two  parts  to 
subject  to  tho  approval  of  the  Directors. 


Amber ola  ''V1'  Mahogany  Cabinets. 

An  order  for  1B00  Mahogany  CahinotB  was  authorized 
to  ho  placed  with  John  Somma,  il-Y«C.  at  §9#00  each 
not  subject  to  the  approval  Wiwntn™. 

Amhorola  ”71"  Mahogany  Cabinets. 

An  order  for  3000  Mahogany  Cabinets  woo  authorized 
to  bo  placed  with  John  Somma,  H.Y.C.  at  $8.00  each 
not,  subject  to  the  approval  of  the  Dirootors. 

Mame  for  Loud  Speaking  Phonograph. 

The  name  chosen  for  the  Loud  Speaking  Phonograph 
was  The  Edison  Kinetophonograph. 

A.  M.  Bird, 



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Sept.  17.  13 

Mr.  C.  H.  Wilson:- 

2hio  being  the  closing  day  of  our 
pay  roll,  I  have  thiQ  day  removed  the  following  men 
from  our  list. 

D.  Xi.  Bliss  Chief  Engineer 

S.  G.  Langloy  Superintendent 

J.  0.  Lyman  foreman 

J.  Johnson  Draft  sman 

J.  2abo  Draftsman 

J.  Pfaff  Armature  Winder 

L.  K.  Simpson  Armature  Winder. 

'Mr.  Hutchison  notified  us  to-day 
that  the  experimental  work  has  been  completed  and  that 
the  above  should  be  carried  on  the  'J.  A.  B.  Inc, 
pay  roll,  beginning  Sept.  18th  1912. 

Doar  Hr.  Edison: 

I  respectfully  request  that  you  will  per¬ 
mit  me  to  retire  from  my  present  position,  the  resigna¬ 
tion  to  take  effect  December  1,  1912,  or  at  an  earlier 

date  if  you  wish  it. 

The  coming  on  of  the  Disc  Phonograph  X  hope  will 
mark  a  period  of  great  prosperity  for  you,  and  I  think  it 
better  that  my  successor  should  take  charge  of  the  business 
at  the  start  rather  than  later  on. 

lly  reasons  for  resigning  are  the  following: 

1.  My  present  position  is  quite  untenable • 

Many  subordinates  are  reporting  directly  to  you,  and  I 
have  reason  to  believe  that  in  a  number  of  cases  you  have 
indicated  to  them  that  you  have  lost  confidence  in  my  abil¬ 
ity  or  capacity.  Rumors  of  this  sort  naturally  spread 
very  rapidly  and  destroy  all  possible  authority.  I  cannot 
remain  in  a  position  where  X  might  be  held  responsible  for 
conditions  over  which  I  have  no  control. 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  2. 

2.  My  present  place  of  anxiety  is  intolerable, 
in  addition  to  the  worries  incidental  to  a  business  of 
this  size,  both  in  a  commercial  and  legal  sense,  there 
are  the  additional  worries  of  trying  to  please  you  and 
of  trying  to  carry  your  ideas  into  effect.  Furthermore, 
and  by  no  moans  least,  there  are  the  worries  and  anxie¬ 
ties  due  to  disorganization  resulting  from  gossip  and 
rumors  of  all  sorts,  which  are  gradually  undermining  the 
entire  organization  and  reducing  the  efficiency  of  the 

So  far  as  my  present  affairs  are  concerned.  1 
have  accepted  the  situation  in  a  spirit  of  entire  philos¬ 
ophy.  I  have  certainly  labored  to  the  very  best  of  my 
ability  during  the  past  four  and  a  half  years  to  carry 
on  your  business,  and  X  have  a  feeling  of  satisfaction  in 
knowing  that  I  have  been  conscientious  and  have  worked  to 
the  utmost  of  my  capacity. 

in  my  recent  talk  with  you,  you  criticised  me 
quite  severely,  but  I  do  not  think  that  your  criticisms 
were  fair  or  just.  I  believe  that  you  do  not  appreciate 

the  amount  of  work  I  have  done  and  what  I  have  accomplished. 
There  have  been  satisfactory  developments  in  moving  pic¬ 
tures,  primary  batteries,  business  phonographs  and  number¬ 
ing  machines.  These  lines  have  all  progressed  since  I  took 
charge  and  are  still  progressing.  The  Motion  Picture  Pat¬ 
ents  Company  is  a  very  profitable  enterprise .  which  was 
built  up  and  held  together  almost  entirely  by  my  individual 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  3. 

efforts;  the  General  Film  Company  is  also  a  profitable  ven¬ 
ture,  and  I  believe  will  continue  so  for  many  years;  the 
contracts  I  have  made  for  you  and  the  negotiations  I  have 
conducted  for  you  have  certainly  been  profitable.  I  do 
not  believe  that  any  man,  no  matter  how  able,  could  have 
prevented  the  decline  of  the  phonograph  business;  that 
business  has  declined  solely  because  we  have  been  trying 
to  sell  goods  for  which  the  market  is  disappearing.  This 
situation  was  recognized  by  me  within  a  few  months  after 
I  took  charge  here;  I  hired  a  man  on  my  own  responsibility 
to  experiment  on  the  Disc  machine  in  a  room  in  Hew  York 
where  no  one  would  know  about  it,  and  when  those  experi¬ 
ments  were  finished  they  were  brought  to  your  attention 
by  making  the  demonstration  behind  a  curtain.  The  present 
Blue  Jimberol  record,  which  I  hope  may  revive  in  a  measure 
the  interest  in  the  cylinder  product,  was  adopted  only 
after  persistent  efforts  of  Mr.  Wilson  and  myself  for 
more  than  two  years  to  have  you  do  so.  I  believe  that  if 
the  Blue  Amberol  record  had  been  taken  up  more  promptly 
the  decline  in  the  business  might  have  been  arrested. 

In  conclusion,  I  have  soveral  suggestions  or 
recommendations  to  make; 

1.  Up  to  October  31,  1912,  I  am  entitled  to 
receive  §9,997.00,  as  per  statement  from  Harry  F.  Miller. 
My  share  in  the  reservo  fund  is  §7,000.00,  making  a  total 
of  §16,997.00.  I  owe  the  various  concerns  here  §7,951.81, 
which  leaves  a  balance  due  me  of  §9,045.19.  I  will  be 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison-  4. 

much  obliged  if  you  will  let  me  have  a  chock  for  this 

2.  X  presume  you  will  wish  mo  to  remain  until 
my  successor  shall  hove  become  familiar  with  the  duties 
of  my  position.  This  I  will  be  very  glad  to  do,  and  at 
all  times  in  the  future  X  will  be  only  too  glad  to  be  of 
any  help  to  you  that  I  can. 

3.  V/ith  the  closing  up  of  the  foreign  offices 
as  you  anticipate  and  the  bringing  of  Hr.  Cromolin  over 
here ,  I  recommend  that  he  take  my  place  as  President  of 
the  Motion  Picture  Patents  Company.  It  is  most  import¬ 
ant  that  a  man  should  be  selected  in  whom  the  manufactur¬ 
ers  shall  have  confidence.  I  think  Mr.  Cromolin  would 

ho  a  good  man  for  this  position.  And  I  suggest  also  that 
he  be  placed  in  charge  of  your  moving  picture  interests, 
as  he  is  very  much  taken  up  with  that  branch  of  the  bus¬ 

4.  I  recommend  that  Mr.  Pelzer  take  my  place 
as  your  representative  on  the  Board  of  Directors  of  the 
General  Film  Company.  He  is  thoroughly  familiar  with  the 
business,  is  honest,  and  would  look  out  for  your  inter¬ 
ests.  He  is  popular  with  the  other  members  of  the  Board, 
and  I  know  that  there  is  a  strong  feeling  among  the  Direc¬ 
tors  to  keep  the  Board  composed  as  far  as  possible  of  the 
men  in  whom  they  have  confidence  and  know  personally. 

5.  I  have  been  billed  with  the  cost  of  tho 
taxicab  used  by  me,  and  I  think  this  charge  should  be  can- 

Hr*  Thomas  A.  Edison-  5.  ; 


celled.  It  amounts  to  $2875.73.  Most  of  the  heads  of 
departments  are  supplied  at  the  present  time  with  electric 
machines,  and  I  think  it  only  fair  that  I  should  have  had 
the  use  of  a  machine  myself.  Of  course,  in  the  case  of 
my  gasolene  car  I  have  always  stood  the  expense  of  running 

Finally,  in  severing  my  relations  with  you  per¬ 
mit  me  to  say  that  I  have  regarded  the  opportunity  of  being 
associated  with  you  so  long  as  a  very  great  privilege,  and 
I  shall  always  entertain  for  you  the  strongest  feelings  of 
admiration  and  personal  affection. 

Yours  very  truly, 

FU)/ 1 Y/ff  ~xTT 

'yicur  ■  /S ,  H  (2> 

( The  following  is  an  official  statement  of  the  facts 
concerning  the  recent  resignation  of  Mr.  Frank  .u  Dyer  from  the 
Prosidoncy  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Incorporated,  ana  other  Edison 
interests  at  Orange,  How  Jersey.) 

Ur.  Dyer,  besides  having  the  executive  management  of 
of  Mr.  Edison's  Companies,  had  other  interests  which  demundod 
of  his  time.  These  interests  have  grown  so  extensive  of  late 

mltitudinous  duties  which  his  various 
a  duty  to  himself,  to  Mr.  Edison,  and 
Lch  he  was  connected,  decided  that  he  i 

.thdraw  from  his  servici 

>  the  Edison  Companies 

isignation  to  Mr .Edison,  who  ! 

by  Mr.  Dyer's  resignation. 

The  details  of  the  business  of  the  Edison  Company  at 
Orange  have  been  in  the  hands  of  Mr.  C.  H.  Wilson  as  General  Manager 
for  a  number  of  years;  and  he  will  retain  his  position  and  in  addi¬ 
tion  has  been  made  Vice-President  of  the  Company.  Mr.  Edison  takes 
the  Presidency  iu  order  that  he  may  direct  the  policy  of  the  Company 
in  addition  to  the  technical  details  which  he  has  always  had  charge 
of.  Ho  other  changes  in  officials  or  personnel  of  the  Company 


All  business  of  the  company  sb^ll  to  conducted  in  harmony 
rwith  the  organization  outlined  herein  e&d  through  the  channels 



Will  dictate  the  policies  of  the  company  and  determine 
by  the  reports  hereinafter  provided  whether  the  acts  of  subordinate 
officers,  department’ heads  and  department  committees  are  intelli¬ 
gently  in  accord  with  such  policies. 

Will  pass  upon  all  contracts  except  those  executed  on 
approved  forms  in  the  regular  course  of  business. 

yjWl  aa  far  as  possible,  determine  in  advance  the  com¬ 
pany's  policies  for  each  fiscal  year,  in  order  that  subordinate 
officers,  and  department  heads  may  plan  their  work  with  adequate 
fore  thought  and  proper  attention  to  detail. 

Will  veto  or  suspend  for  further  consideration  by  the 
Executive  Committee  any  action  proposed  by  any  subordinate  officer, 
department  head  or  department  committee  whenever  he  considers  such 
proposed  action  improvident  or  ill  advised. 

Is  a  member  of  the  Executive  Committee. 


Will  perform  its  legal  duties, 


Will  engross  the  general  policies  of  the  company  as  de¬ 
termined  by  the  President  or  by  the  Committee. 

Will  assist  the  President  in  his  consideration  of  the 
reports  received  from  subordinate  officers*  committees  or  depart¬ 
ment  heads. 

Will  assist  the  President  in  his  consideration  of  mat¬ 
ters  of  policy. 

Will  consider  and  act  upon  such  proper  matters  as  its 
members  bring  before  it. 

May  refer  to  department  committees  such  matters  as  it 
desires  to  have  considered  and  reported  upon  by  those  committees. 



Js  the  immediate  superior  of  the  2nd  Vice  President, 
Treasurer,  Secretary,  Legal  Department,  General  Auditor  ana  Statis¬ 
tical  Department. 

Shall  receive  copies  of  all  periodical  reports  and  the 
minutes  of  all  committee  meetings. 

To  him  shall  he  referred  all  matters  wherein  the  policy 
of  the  company  is  not  clear  to  the  aforesaid  officers  ^^de- 

and  all  Questions  of  such  import  t.nat  said  officers  and  de 
partments  are  unwilling  to  assume  r.he  responsibility  of  deciding 

Will  enforce  the  observance  of  the  policies  of  the  com- 
ranv  by  air  subordinate  officers,  departments  and  department  heads 
acting  as  far  as  possible  through  the  proper  subordinate  officers. 

Will  promulgate  th-  decisions  of  the  President  and  Exec¬ 
utive  Committee; 

Will  decide  all  matters  referred  to  him  wherein  the  pol¬ 
icy  of  the  company  is  clear  to  him. 

May  invoke  the  decision  of  the  President  or  Executive 
Committee  on  any  subject  he  desires  to  present. 

May  call  on  any  department  committee  for  consideration 
of  and  a  report  upon  any  subject. 

Will  perform  the  legal  duties  of  his  position. 

Is  the  general  supervisor  of  the  Purchasing  Department, 
Requisition  Department,  Traffic  Department,  Shipping  Department, 
Picture  Committee,  Record  Committee  and  Office  Manager. 

Will  render  to  the  President  such  reports  as  the  latter 
shall  require  from  him. 

Mr.  Hird  shall  be  the  direct  assistant  of the  Vice  Pres¬ 
ident  and  General  Manager  in  respect  of  machine  ‘ 

matters  pertaining  thereto;  Mr.  Hehr  snail  act  m  a  similar  capac 
ity  in  respect  of  Phonograph  record  production. 

Is  a  member  of  the  Executive  Committee. 


Amusement.  Phonograph;  Home  Kinetoscope;  Professional 
Hi ne^-ns cone •  Kinetop^one ;  Dictating  Machine;  Electrical  Department, 
Educational ’Department ;  Primary  Battery;  Bates  Numbering  Machine, 

Each  committee  to  consist  of  the  2nd  Vice  President,  the 
department  Sales  Manager,  the  Advertising  Manager .Foreign 
Department  Manager,  the  production  clerk  and  the  iahoratory 
engineer.  The  President  and  Vice  President  and  General  Manager 
are  ev-officio  members  of  each  committee.  The  Assistant  Sales 
Manager  of  the  Amusement  Phonograph  Department  is  a  member  of 
that  department  committee. 

The  purpose  of  these  committees  is  as  follows:  1ST. 

To  consider  al^  complaints  and  take  concerted  action  for  their 
correction^  2ND?  To  formulate  sales  plans  and  insure  concerted 

5TH.  To  reduce  to  the  minimum  the  time  occupied  in  necessary 
interdepartmental  negotiations. 

Each  of  the  aforesaid  committee  will  hold  regular  meet- 
ings  at  as  frequent  intervals  as  shall  be  necessary  to. accomplish 
the  purpose  above  set  forth. 

The  President,  the  Executive  Committee,  the  Vice  Resident 
and  General  Manager  or  the  End  Vice  President  may  require  special 
meetings  of  any  of  the  aforesaid  committees. 

The  minutes  of  all  committee  meetings  shall  be  prepared 

?,hn1expliceit  but  "'brief 'account  of’ ^nntSe^eedings  of® 

ere^essent ia  1&  t  o  a@ pr o p e r& c ons idera t i on+' of th  e*  s ubj  e o  t& by  t he8 Pre s - 
.  H  n+  the  Executive  Committee  and  the  Vice  President  and  General 

and  to  each  member  of  the  committee. 

"here  the  decision  of  a  committe  is  on  a  debated  question 
of  policy,  the  expenditure  of  money  not  expressly  Provided  for,  or 
dissenting  minority  so  demands,  such  decision  shall  take 

the  minutes  containing  it. 

Where  immediate  action  upon  such  a  fw^i^vice  ^res-’ 
essary,  the  2nd  Vice  President  will  confer  with  the  1st  Vice  Pres 
dent  and  General  Manager. 

Any  committee  member  may  invite  the  attendance  at  a 
committee  meeting  of  any  official  or  employee  whose  attendance  he 
considers  desirable,  and  the  committee  may  excuse  production  men 
or  engineers  from  any  meeting  at  which  their  presence  1b  not  re¬ 


Is  the  immediate  superior  of  the  Advertising  Manager  and 
the  Sales  Managers  of  the  various  departments. 

Ts  the  direct  assistant  of  the  Vice  President  and  General 
Manager  in  all  matters  of  policy,  sales  and  administration. 

Shall  receive  copies  of  all  periodical  reports  made  by 
the  aforesaid  persons  for  the  consideration  of  the  President, 
Executive  Committee  and  Vice  President  and  General  Manager. 

To  him  shall  be  referred  all  matters  wherein  the  policy 
of  the  company  is  not  clear  to  the  aforesaid  persons  and  all 
questions  nf  such  import  that  they  are  unwilling  to  assume  the 
responsibility  of  deciding  the  same. 

Will  decide  all  sales  questions  submitted,  if  the  policy 
of  the  company  is  clear  to  him,  but  where  it  is  not,  will,  and  in 
all  other  cases  may,  invoke  the  decision  of  the  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager  or  the  Executive  Committee. 

Will  pass  upon  all  general  letters  before  they  are  turned 
over  to  the  Advertising  Department. 

Shall  be  consulted  in  regard  to  the  appointment  of  Jobbers. 

Shall  be  consulted  concerning  the  selection  of  traveling 

Will  render  to  the  President  and  Vice  President  and  General 
Manager  suoh  reports  as  shall  be  required  of  him. 

Shall  make  suggestions  and  give  directions  for  the  promot¬ 
ion  of  sales  in  harmony  with  the  policy  of  the  company. 

Is  a  member  of  the  Executive  Committee  and  all  department 



Is  general  supervisor  of  Cashier’s  Department,  Pay  Roll 

Department,  Credit  Department,  Bills  Receivable,  Bills  Payable 
and  Insurance. 

Will  decide  all  questions  arising  in  respect  of  any  of 
the  foregoing  departments  or  sujects  if  the  policy  of  the  company 
is  clear  to  him,  but  where  it  is  not,  will,  and  in  other  oases 
may,  invoke  the  deoision  of  the  Vice  President  and  General  Manager. 

Will  render  to  the  President  and  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager  such  reports  as  shall  be  required  of  him. 

Will  perform  the  legal  duties  of  his  position. 


Will  prepare  and  act  as  custodian  of  the  minutes  of  direct¬ 
ors'  meetings.  Will  act  as  custodian  of  the  company's  records,  files, 
stationery  and  supplies.  Will  supervise  the  incoming  and  outgoing 
mail,  telegrams  and  telephone  service. 

Will  decide  all  questions  arising  in  respect  of  any  of  the 
foregoing  subjects,  if  the  policy  of  the  company  is  clear  to  him, 
but  where  it  is  not,  will  and  in  other  cases  may,  invoke  the  decis¬ 
ion  of  the  Vice  President  and  General  Manager. 

Will  render  to  the  President  and  Vice  President  and  General 
Manager  such  reports  as  shall  be  required  of  him. 

Will  perform  the  legal  duties  of  his  position. 


Will  act  as  general  supervisor  of  auditing  and  inventory, 
and  of  the  bookkeeping,  costs  and  billing  departments. 

Will  decide  all  questions  arising  in  respect  of  the  fore¬ 
going  departments  or  subjects,  if  the  policy  of  the  company  is  clear 
to  him,  but  where  it  is  not,  will,  and  in  other  cases  may,  consult 
the  Secretary  and  Treasurer  or  invoke  the  deoision  of  the  Vice  Pres¬ 
ident  and  General  Manager. 

Will  render  to  the  President  and  Vice  President  and  General 
Manager  such  reports  as  shall  be  required  of  him. 


Will  attend  to  all  patent  matters.  Price  cutting  oases,  the 
drawing  of  contracts  and  agreements  and  all  other  legal  matters. 


Shall  be  consulted  concerning  all  matters  of  the  above 
character,  and  no  contracts  shall  be  entered  into  unless  the  form 
of  contract  has  been  approved  by  the  Legal  Department. 

Will  decide  all  legal  questions  if  the  pol icy  of  the 
company  is  clear  to  him,  but  w^ere  it  is  not,  will,  and  in  other 
cases  may,  invoke  the  decision  of  the  Vice  President  and  General. 

Will  render  to  the  President  and  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager  such  reports  as  shall  be  required  of  him. 

Will  report  direct  to  the  Fresident  in  respect  of  pending 
patents,  patent  infringements  and  patent  litigation. 


In  charge  of  Statistics,  Charts  and  Accident  Insurance. 

Will  render  to  the  President  and  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager  such  reports  as  shall  be  required  of  him. 


Under  the  direct  supervision  of  the  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager. 

Will  purchase  all  supplies  and  materials,  return  rejected 
material  and  dispose  of  scrap. 


Under  the  direct  supervision  of  the  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager. 

Will  make  out  all  shipping  orders 
records  of  shipments,  when  and  where  made, 
shipments  made,  etc. 

on  factory,  prepare  all 
reports  of  orders  received, 


Under  the  direct  supervision  of  the  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager. 

Will  determine  freight  rates,  classifications  and  routing; 
handle  claims;  and  accelerate  transportation  service. 


Under  the  direct  supervision  of  the  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager. 


Will  be  in  charge  of  all  shipments  and  will  work  under 
approved  iKSuKioSa  of  Traffic  and  Requisition  Departments. 


Under  the  direct  supervision  of  the  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager. 

Will  pass  on  new  pictures  for  Professional  and  Home 
Kinetoscopesj  advise  and  co-operate  with  the  Negative  Stu  . 


Under  the  direct  supervision  of  the  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager. 

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Enajer  and  head  of  Educational  Department. 

Under  the  direct"supervision  of  the  Vice  President  and 
General  Manager. 

Will  employ  or  shall  he  consulted  concerning  the  employment 
of  all  office  help. 

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Will  supervise  office  help. 

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with  economy  and  despatch. 

Will  he  responsible  for  the  prompt  and  accurate  transcribing 
of  correspondence. 



Is  the  general  supervisor  of  all  advertising. 

Will  decide  all  advertising  questions  if  the  P°li°Y  of 

of  him. 

Is  a  member  of  all  department  committees. 


Foreign  Department 
Amusement  Phonograph 
Dictating  Machine 
Educational  Dept. 
Kinetograph  Dept. 
Kinetophone  Dept. 
Primary  Battery 
Bate3  Numbering  Machine 
Electrical  Department 



Mr.  Stevens 
.  Dolbeer 
.  Durand 
Jr.  Ives 
Ur.  Pelzer 
Mr.  Pelzer 
Mr.  Hudson 
Mr.  Burnham 
Mr.  Durand. 


Will  decide  all  sales  questions  arising  in  hie  department 

other 6 cases^may  t  SvoKe^thS^cisio'n  of\he  End  Vice  President. 

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dinates  and  traveling  force. 

Will,  in  addition  to  such  °^®£ej;eP°r£|  specified  fo^the  in- 
formatior^of  ^hfpSSden^^ice  President  and  General  Manager  and  End 
Vice  President. 

the  policies  of  the  company  and  such  decisions  as  may  he  made  hy 
superior  officers  are  to  he  put  into  effect  hy  him. 

Each  sales  manager  shall  have  an  assistant,  of  sufficient 
ability  and  training  to  effectively  carry  on  the  work  of  the  depart¬ 
ment  in  the  sales  manager's  absence. 

Is  a  member  of  his  department  oommittee. 

The  Manager  of  the  Foreign  Department  is  a  member  of  all 
department  committees. 

The  Phonograph  Sales  Manager  shall  in  addition  to  the 
foregoing  act  as  a  Special  Representative  for  the  Amusement  Phono¬ 
graph  Department  and  Educational  Department,  with  the  following 
duties . 

Will  be  in  charge  of  all  exhibitions.  ~ 

Will  supervise  in  the  field  the  work  of  all  Phonograph 
salesmen,  whether  in  our  employ  or  in  the  employ  of  others. 

Will  visit  Phonograph  Jobbers  at  frequent  intervals. 

Will  render  to  the  President,  Vice  President  and  General 
Manager  and  2nd  Vice  President  such  reports  as  shall  be  required 
of  him. 

Will  supervise  sales  promotion  work  in  the  field  for  the 
Phonograph  and  Educational  Departments  and  is  charged  with  the  duty 
of  obtaining  co-operation  from  Jobbers,  Dealers  and  Salesmen. 

In  the  absence  of  the  Sales  Manager  of  the  Phonograph 
Department,  the  Assistant  Sales  Manager  shall  have  full  power  and 
responsibility  to  act  in  his  stead,  and  in  matters  wherein  he  has 
initiated  action  during  the  absence  of  the  Sales  Manager,  shall 
continue  responsible  therefor  although  he  may  consult  with  the 
Sales  Manager. 

The  foregoing  is  effective  immediately. 

C.  H.  WILSON. 

December  16,  1912, 

j.  Honors.  Burnham,  Dolbeer,  Durand,  Hudson,  lues,  HoChesney,  Harwell, 
Falser  and  Stevens,  Hutchison,  Sail  Farrell  |  Green ,  Baldwin, 

Xreton,  Langley,  Bird  and  Hihr . 

Flease  take  notioe  that  regular  meetings  of  the 
various  department  committees  are  hereby  fixed  as  follow: 

BATHS  HACHIKS:  Commencing  January,  1913,  the  third 
Friday  in  every  month  at  2:00  F.  X. 

AMUSBraiNT  PHONOGRAPH:  Commencing  December  20,  1912, 
every  Friday , at  10:00  A.  H. 

DICTATING  HACHIKS:  Commencing  Deoember  24,  1912, 
every  other  Tuesday  at  2:00  F.  M. 

BLSOTBICAL  DEFARTKBNT:  Commencing  January  10,  1913, 
every  other  Friday  at  3:00  P.  U . 

PRIMARY  BATTKRY:  Commencing  January,  1913,  aeeond 
Friday  in  every  month  at  2:00  P.  H. 

Commencing  December  24,  1912 

every  other  Tuesday  at  3:00  F.  X. 

PBOFBSSIOSAL  KINBTO SCOPS:  Commencing  January  14,  1913 
every  other  Tuesday  at  2:00  P.  U. 

HfiiTR  yiTTRTOSCOPS:  Commeno  ing  Deoember  24,  1912, 
every  Tuesday  at  10:00  A,  11. 

KIKETOPKONE:  Commencing  December  20,  1912,  every 

ether  Friday  at  11:00  A.  X. 

As  no  further  notice  of  regular  meetings  is  contem¬ 
plated,  it  ia  expected  that  eaoh  oommittee  member  will  oarry  a 
tlokler  an  the  committees  to  whioh  he  belongs,  and  present  himself 
promptly  at  the  hours  and  on  the  dates  speolfied  herein. 

Ingag amenta  in  conflict  with  oommittee  meetings  should 
ha  avoided  as  far  as  possible  and  vieitore  should  not  ha  permitted 
to  interfere  with  attendanoe  upon  any  eommittee  meeting.  Hon- 
at tendance  upon  oommittee  meetings  hy  oommittee  members  will  he 
Tiewed  as  negleot  of  duty. 

All  oommittee  meetings  will  he  held  in  the  Exeoutive 
Committee  Hoorn  at  the  General  offioe  in  Orange,  N.  j. 

The  2nd  Vioe  President  will  aot  as  chairman  of  every 
oommittee  and  diotatetthe  minute a  of  each  meeting  to  a  dictating 
maohine  while  the  oommittee  is  in  session.  He  will  oauee  copies 
of  the  minutes  of  every  oommittee  meeting  to  he  sent  to  eaoh  member 
of  such  oommittee  and  to  the  President  and  Vioe!  President  and  Gen¬ 
eral  Manager. 

In  the  absence  of  the  2nd  Vioe  ^resident,  a  ohalrman 
shall  he  chosen  from  and  hy  the  members  present,  whose  duties  in 
respect  of  the  meeting  over  whioh  he  presides  shall  he  as  above 
set  forth . 

Committee  meetings  shall  he  oonduoted  in  accordance 
with  such  rules  of  procedure  as  the  2nd  Vioe  President  oonsiders 
neoessary  to  the  prompt  and  orderly  transaction  of  committee 
business . 

Any  member  desiring  a  special  meeting  of  a  oommittee 
of  which  he  la  a  member  ehould  communleate  such  faot  to  the  2nd 
Vioe  President.  Regular  meetings  may,  where  neoessary,  hs  con- 
t inusd  btyond  the  alletted  time  of  suoh  meeting  by  temporary  ad¬ 
journment  to  any  hour  not  in  oonfliot  with  other  oommittee  meetings. 

Tht  Roll  of  saoh  oommlttss  In  addition  to  the  President  / 


and  the  Vioe  President  and  General  Manager,  who  are  ex-offioio  f 

mmton*  of  every  committee,  and  the  2nd  Vice  President,  Advertie- 
ing  Manager,  and  foreign  Manager,  who  are  regular  members  of  erery 
oommitteeVae  follows: 

BATS3  MACHIBB:  Mr.  Burnham  -  and  Production  Man. 
auttbwttot  phohQGRAPE:  Masers .  Dolbeer,  Ireton,  Hird 

and  Hthr. 


Durand  -  and  Production  Man. 
Messrs.  Durand,  Bangley, 

Hutohison  and  Production  Man. 

PRIMARY  BATTERY:  Mr.  Hudson. 

MD11C AKOMAD  DBBARTMBNT Messrs.  Ires,  Dolbeer, 

Xreton ,  Pelser  and  Farrell . 

PRm^aKTMAL  KXHB'JOBQOPgt  Messrs.  Pelaer,  Green  and 


Hotnii  KPintTOSCOPK:  Messrs.  Pelser,  Farrell ,  Baldwin 

and  Gall. 

iqUETOPHOMB:  Messrs 

.  Pelser ,  Green,  Farrell  and 

Hutohieon .. 

Any  committee  member  may  inrite  the  attendance  at  a 
oommittee  meeting  of  any  official  or  employee  whose  presence  he 
oonsiders  desirable. 

As  stated  in  Key  to  Organisation  Chart,  production 
men  and  engineers  who  are  members  of  a  committee  may  be  excuse* 
from  any  meeting  at  which  no  matters  concerning  them  are  to  be 


In  the  unavoidable  absenee  of  a  department  Salea 

Manager,  his  assistant  shall  *ct  in  hi*  pi*o*. 

The  Minutes  of  committed  meetings  shall  he 
transcribed  in  single  space  with  two  spaces  between  paregraphs 
on  paper  of  eise  suitable  to  be  bound  in  a  minutes  booh  binder. 
Eaoh  member  shall  preserve  in  fbadily  accessible  form  the  minute* 
of  all  meetings  of  which  he  is  a  member.  Each  department  Bale. 
Manager  shall  promptly  impart  to  hi*  subordinates  any  committee 
action  with  which  Buoh  subordinates  are  concerned. 

As  to  the  jurisdiction  and  authority  of  de¬ 
partment  oommitteee  and  the  procedure  where  disagreement  arisee, 
see  Key  to  Organization  Chart . 

Q,.  ¥/. 

Copy  to  Mr.  Bdison. 

Deo.  17,  1912. 

In  view  of  the  decision  hy  Hr.  Edison  to  event¬ 
ually  close  our  European  offices  so  far  as  the  Ariusement  Phono¬ 
graph  business  is  concerned  end  to  handle  the  Home  P.  K.  and 
Dictating  Machine  business  under  somewhat  different  arrangements 
than  heretofore,  all  of  which  has  been  placed  under  the  control 
of  Hr.  Stevens  to  follow  up  and  carry  out,  it  is  imperative 
and  necessary  that  all  orders  and  communications  eminating 
from  the  European  offioes  be  referred  hereafter  to  Hr.  Stevens, 
and  he  will  put  them  through  after  conferring  with  the  differ¬ 
ent  department  managers  in  the  proper  manner. 

She  Hailing  Department  will  therefore  hereafter  send 
All  European  orders  and  correspondence  to  Mr.  Stevens  for  his 
information  and  attention. 

Copy  of  the  instructions  issued  by  Hr.  Edison  con¬ 
cerning  the  department  in  which  you  are  specially  interested 
and  the  method  of  handling  the  same  will  be  sent  you  for  your 

CHff/lYM  C.  H.  Wilson. 

(Copies  to  Messrs.  Edison,  Eolcert,  Berggren,  StevenB) 

In  view  of  Mr.  Weber's  resignation,  to  take  effect 
Deoember  28th,  Mr.  Waterman  will  until  further  advised  act  aB 
Supervisor  of  all  departments  of  the  Edison  Phonograph  Works, 
with  the  exception  of  the  following  departments: 

Shipping  Dept. 

Box  Making 

Cabinet  Making 

Cabinet  Finishing 

Phonograph  Testing 


Home  Film 

Professional  Film 


Kinetophone  Testing 

Phonograph  Final  Inspection 

These  departments  will  be  under  the  supervision  of  their 
respective  foremen,  who  are  to  co-operate  &  consult  with  Mr.  Waterman 
where  the  work  done  in  their  departments  is  essential  to  the  final  com¬ 
pletion  of  machines  or  work  which  comes  under  Mr.  Waterman's  super¬ 

Also,  until  further  advised,  Mr.  H.  T.  Deeming  will  act  as 
Direct  Assistant  to  the  General  Manager  on  all  factory  matters,' 
thereby  assuming  such  factory  work  as  has  heretofore  been  handled  by 
the  General  Manager.  All  details  concerning  the  factory  should 
therefore  be  taken  up  by  Mr.  Waterman  or  the  different  department 
supervisors  above  mentioned  with  Mr.  Deeming,  who,  if  unable  to  decide 
on  them  himself,  will  take  the  matter  up  with  the  General  Manager. 

These  instructions  do  not  prevent  Mr.  Waterman  or  any  of  the 
department  supervisors  from  coming  direct  to  the  General  Manager  where 
they  consider  it  necessary  or  imperative  in  order  to  obtain  quickest 
and  best  results}  it  does  mean,  however,  that  Mr.  Deeming  is  to  have 
charge  of  the  detail  work. 

Until  further  advised,  Mr.  Deeming  will,  in  addition  to  the 
above  mentioned  work,  also  continue  as  Purchasing  Agent,  with  Mr. 
Cheshire  as  his  First  Assistant,  by  whom  all  routine  work  and  regular 
Purchasing  Department  details  will  be  handled. 

Mr.  Hird,  who  has  heretofore  acted  as  assistant  to  the 
General  Manager  on  factory  matters,  will  devote  his  entire  time  to 
the  Phonograph  Department,  and  will  have  full  charge  of  and  be 
responsible  for  the  laying  out  and  following  up  of  work  pertaining  to 
this  department. 

C.  H.  Wilson, 
Vice-Pres.  &  Gen'l  Mgr. 

-  J  1  Minutes  of  a/spefesalOJrWtinK. 

1/  called  Hr.  WITb/i 

v  To  Discuss  Ways  and  Kfwnnfor 

.  Handling  Phonograph/ Dept. 

jJ  Requisitions ,  Heports,  htc., 

^  Held  Dec  ember  2Gth  at  10:00  A.  f~. 

In  the  Executive  Committee  Hoorn, 
and  attended  by 



S5o,iSu1!oS"iuSS“»»i«'‘  «  «*•  d">'“rtm““  “  f°1' 

lows : 

PhonoRraph  department  requisitions  to  be  han¬ 
dled  under  the  jurisdiction  of  uJ*e”^^a®"rr^ayyBiiattery .  Mver- 
KinetoRroph ,  Dictating  Kaohi  ®*t  t  be  handled  under  the 

tioina  Department  and  Foreign  Depart!  f  ouoh  dGpar;mentG  - 

jurisdiction  of  the  respective  «oloo  1 manat ^  proper  perBOn  to  be  in 
ecch  oales  manager  to  ^PPoiht  his  department,  l'he  Phonograph 
immediate  charge'Of  nuch  wrh  in  his  deP"™^  handlod  by  Ur. 

Works  and  Matos  Machine  requisitions  are 

Youmons .  1 

In  order  to  facilitate  the  prompt  handling  of 
the  requisitions  of  the  ^“^of^  distinctive  color  and 

each  department's  requisitions  shall  b^f^  J  ^  rQquiBition;  the 

have  a  oerinl  letter  -  prefixing.  ■.tortim*  with  Ho.  1.  Some  changes 

srs  s  StSV.™ 

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The  Poreign  department  will  bo  supplied  with 
r0quiBitions^onnthel,pro5erVcolored<iblanltc7aooordinRito  the°merchnn- 

sa*;  SJ3&S s^'wsJws&'SiJSa^'ft. 

S*S«.rt  «  »•«•.  =■>««  content. , 

weights ,  e to . 

There  occurred  an  extended  discussion  of  the 

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i  discussion  of  how  repair  shop  or- 

ocoarr.S  "^"d W«~»* /'U 

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C.  II.  Wilson . 

Vico  President  t  General  i'ansper . 

Copies  to  those  in  attendance 
and  to  kr .  Edison. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  -  Accounts  (E-12-81) 

This  folder  contains  documents  relating  to  the  financial  affairs  of 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  Among  the  documents  for  1912  is  a  comparative 
statement  of  earnings  and  expenses  for  the  periods  March-August  191 1  and 
March-August  1912.  Also  included  is  a  copy  of  the  accounting  codes 
assigned  to  the  various  departments,  as  revised  in  June  1912.  The  faint 
purple  ink  may  be  difficult  to  read. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 

six  months  ending  31st  August  1911-12 


Repai  vb  to  Power  Plant  Equipment 
•  »  Steam  liai nafrom  P.P.  1 

Engineers  &  Firemen  &c. 











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•  39 

■  41 

■  42 

•  43 
i  44 
/  45 
/  46 

•  47 
-  48 

■  ’  49 

-  60 
r'  61 

(Revised — June  12th, 

Bates  numbering  Machine 
Cabinet  Finishing (  .  ■ 

"  Making  . 

"  Trimming  L 


Speaker  Assembling 
"  Parts 

Japan  Cleaning 
Phonograph  Assembling 
"  Packing 

"  Testing 

Max  Making 

Musical  Record  Moulding 
Disc  Record  Making 
Master  Mould  Making 
P,  K«  Assembling 
Positive  Film  Plant 
Record  Inspection  &  Finish 
Drill  Press 
Gear  Cutting  ■ 





1912)  ' 

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'  so/  /***  &ro-/fajnar 

/£>&  /toww  '• 

26  Nickel  Buffir.g 

26  "  Plating 

27  Polishing  &  Buffing 

28  Punch  Pro  33 

29  Screw  Machine 

30  Battery  Plant 

31  Blacksmith 

32  Box  Making 

*  33  Eattery  &  Eineto.  Packing 
34  Record  &  Phonograpn  Access 

ories  Packing  Dept, 
55  Home  Model  Positive  Film 

•  36  Phonograph  Elocking  &  Final 

Equipment  Dept, 

■'80  Sheet  Metal  forking 

■  8-1.  Cement  Cab inst 

i'BZ  Cooper  Plating  &  Dipping 

■'83  Electric  Motor 

‘  94  Diamond  Grinding 

*/  85  Home  Eineto.,  Testing 

^86  Blue  Amberol  Recoil 

—  ■'  87  Einetoohone  Film 

—  '' 8B  P,K-  Screen  Dept„ 
y' 89  Recording  Dept* 


Pay  Roll  Department 
Advertising^  Printed  Forms 
Stock  Room 

Draughting  &  I>i3tlng 

Electrical  &  Millwright 
Chemical  laboratory 
Carpenters'  Shoo 

Tool  Stock 
Tinsmith  A  Plumning 
Tool  Making 
Record  Stock 

Productive-Receiving  &  Stock 

-  50  Accounting,  Cost,  P„Rr. 

Auditing  &  Eilling  Depts, 

<  51  Purchasing 

-  52  Order 

>  53  Aylasv.'orth  iaberetory 

-  54  Shipping 
.  55  Traffic 

<  56  Administrative 
•  57  Pov.'e  x"  Plant 

■  59  Non  divisible  items  that  <;•■ 
not  he  charged  to  any  Dei 

■"  59  Stationery  Stock  Dept * 

''90  Ice  Plant 
^91  Gas  Plant 

^92  Stable,  Transportation,  Gar; 

Executive  &  Selling 




Advertl sing 
El  nates  cope  &  Film 

^■'67  Battery 

'-'68  Bates  Numbering  Machine 
/  ■  69  Wtcmr/ssf-  JW****/*ife  Sale 3 

>•"  70  Amusement  "  11 

f  •  71  Homo  Model  Protective 

Ki ne  tog  -  Film 
72  Electric  Motor  Sales 
^/"3  Kinetonhn.-'- 

Repairs  to  Machinery  Tools 

201  300 

301  •  400  ,  "  "  Furniture  &  Fixture.'. 

401  -  500  "  "  Shafting,  Pulleys ;  L  Pelting 

501  -  600  "  "  Founaution  &  Installation  of 

K  Machinery 

601  700  Minor  &.  Replacement  firing  Jobs 

701  -  800  Repairs  to  Furnaces 

oOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOo.OoOoOo  Oo 
LIGHT,.  HEAT  &  POr.'HR 

170  Repairs  to  Power  Plant  Equipment 

171  Repairs  to  Steam  Mains  from  Power  Plant 

to  Euildings 

172  Engineers  &  Firemen,  &c 

173  Lubricants  &  '.Vasto 

174  Insurance  for  Power  Plant 

175  Incidental  Expenses  for  Power  Plant 

176  Coal  Consumed 

177  'A'ater  Supply 

178  Fuel  Oil 

179  Electric  Current,  Gas  &  Steam  (purchased  & 

transferred ) 

Includes  oalariee  of  the  officeri 

sniff  ,o?  ;  •:«Ksau;iys>xi£rA: 

-.the  Company; 

Includes  the  -f..lhrie*i  r  f  ihoao  in  j1  ar«e  of  the'.-' 

‘  Soiling  A ..'  f'Sefti  tf vo  to *.c.rt -'on ts  ■  nUt?  iod .  o f  ik 
•'Act  pry  'Crpigij/etlnn. 

.^cfaar-so'ya'jr/isjoij " 

.i^elho'es  satiric?  q?  (tenoral  ti  c.t y~a  ~ ,  assistant 
-tetnagor.  C- s  ae  ra I •  Stipe r  1  r. C  t  m a  •  o  t ,  -.'^iotar.t 
Super  in'.  '.-.Sor.  1.-,  I?.’;’/.;,.  ,  Srci.uc  tior; 

•  oriil  "v,  InWsefce'rs.  la y 

teaat,  Head  HlUr-g  Clerk,  lies,  a  Cost  Clerk, 
/load  .tie  e-?  5  v  j  r.,;  CI<-  rk  ,  Hot  a  vrie;'  Keoo  . 

Shipping  Clerk,  Traffic  .'i&oager,  assistant  to  ■ 
Sraf'ic  ./iia.gor,  far  chasing  Agent  'and  tant 

to  iurchAiiirig  Avorst. 


neiuo  a  e  _  safari  os.  c  f  .'  a  11. 
ele.rkfi ,  who  tiro  charged’ 
aM  i. those  'hot  otherwise. 

: darks ,  exclusive,  of  stock 
' to  account  s-XO?  ( Stock  Cle 
provided  for. 

ltd  r«ien  salaries  of  office  toys  am1  r.o?.  j'e'oiiiirs 

•.  eraftlpjred  In  /Mill  deliveries;  tnii  in  junior  kvrrt  i 
■  gen o fa!  1?  throughout ‘ the .  factory-0 ^  c  r  ;as  # 

:rT:!?oiiArVin3>A?rc  r?f/aso:liESHs 

.  . Ix.eludes  salaries'  of  -.n mpieyaoa  engi 
work*  taking  stenographic  or  phoc 

■30ft  .  .TAl.’i'gORS,  -  r53!TEH3  ,j  'gl-SVAlO?-'^:: 

tat  ion, 

Includes  vag< 

io/ig aged;  .'in  caring.' 
Ices,  and:  ^running 

TO?  3?0CC  ,CI diHkSv!  salaries  of  clerke  located  in-  store'  rooms  wni 
•  .-/tJ vo  mit  ana  takqlfn  material,  'checking  and  recqrdinj 

i  . . . _  ...  . . . s  ' 

'  all ’miscellaneous  uns 
•ovided  for  In  this  cli 

'killed  labor 

:ludbs  wages  of  watchmon  aha  gate  man’. 

:  publications  iesuod  by  the 
root  to  the  trsdo ,  including 
l  forir.3  also  other  exnenses 

Covers  cof 
:  Ad vortisi 
tho  cost 

printing  such 

I  ncludi 

ctory  and 
•incipal  i 

E  laders 
Elank  Books 
Blank  Cards 




Clips  (fasts 
Envelopes  ft 
Eyelets  J 
?as  tans  ra 
Piling.  boxes 


Pen  racks 
fins  •' 

Printod  i'orms 
Rubber  stamps 
Rubber  bands  • 
Rule  i*3 
Ruling  Pons 

Sponge  cups 
Stamps  (impression) 
Tans  . 

Tissue  paper  (blank 
Tracing  peper 
Tracing  cloth  • 
Typewriter  ribbons 

Fucilaga;  bot.tli 
Roto-.  books  . 
Oil.  paper  ■ 

Paper  (Is lank) 

rCjl  ;_5 

:  '  Includes,  sll. amount's  paid  ir  parcn839..pi\o.tl68ec,. 

'  d-iett'otisrisa.  directories  and .standard  works,  0-f* 

'  ..  .  rofaranoa  on  technical,  legal,  financial  ?r  uecotictf-v 

lap  sbb.iectG;  also  amounts  paia  for  gubscrlntious 
••to  newaoapers,  magazine  a ,  technical  pournufo ,  .rail.' ■ 
road  guides  &c.  ■ 


Includes  first  -Dost -only  and  repairs  :l'or  .repla.ceniisrot . 
•  of  minor  office  supplies  ana  conveniences ,  such- as : • 



•  Ksil-  bags 
"at  chs  3 

• ?o no 11  Sharpeners 
.Punches  . 


Scales,  small  •  •  ' 

Shears  . 

Soup  . 

Scrubbing  brushes 
•Soap  d ibheo 

Staple-.,  fastening  Ktiehl nos 

■Towels.  :  V:. 

I'aqh  .basins 


■Ala q  any  repairs-  to'  or  replacement.- of  expensive 
and  ‘substantial  office  eopl fences,  such  as: - 

Arif  rests 
•  Baskets,-  desk  •  ' 
baskets,  waste 


Brushes ,  cleaning  • . 

.  2  r  u  s  he  s ,  1  co  py-i  n  g 
/Cash  boxes  . 

CaiVtdlls  , 

-Ch&  • '.  . 

.dCbmp.iitlngi.-ttibles  f  book ) 

Cuspid  ore •  :  . 

Dus, tors  •' 

•".lectric  r-,ns 
.Ulairxo  slants  . 

Glanass,  6ri.ikir.ft, 

■  - 
.  Hextogretphs  - 

n  ■  libchines 
Calewla  ring  .I'aehinss  .-.- 
Copy. Presses 
Clock. dat ’1  ng  stagg  ..  .  „ 
Drawing  boards  ; 

;  Duplies  tors  ( expensive 

Jiucrerihg  machines 
Typo  a- r  iters  . 

SiiWiiwlS^  *  r 


■  Indl us'ns  tide  -expenses  of  all  •roisooil&n 

•  not  pthorwieo  provided,  for.  in  tM?  el 

•  consumed  -In  operation  ■  of  shop,  napartm 
principal  i terra  being  covered  by  the 

‘  !  -Note- 1:  Kot  to  ■include,  iritorisl  usofi 

•Ase.  use  only)  Clay',  fire 

-  Cloth,  cotton. omor 

•■"■  .  Crucibles 

;  '  Cord  - 

only  1  Crocus 

•  Cheat  Handles  . 

‘Cotton  vii-ckip's 
Cups,  tin  ■ 


Cleaning  compound 
...Candle  :r,iek  • 
ChlcrKc.  of  1  line 
Tilpp-n-a  '  .  .  '  ■  .  .  ■ 
Di  si cf-J eta nts  ,  .. 
.  Dust  .pans  • 

Err.?  ry 

.  Emery. -pa  oar.  .  . 

7aiicets  , 

Giux.  soldering  ' 
3-r  hph  i  te.  . 
•inkling  Gaskets 

.  ..  Globes,,  j an, torn 

Gas  rubbor.  tube 
.  Cl  no  '  '  . 

.  • .  SlU'9  pots  . 

•v  ':  ■  :  Crease 

Gloves ,  'rubber 
for  .  Ice 
•■those  lamps': 

•test-  ladders 

' I  red 

Acids  ( for  m: 

Alcohol  " 

Am  ibnis-.-:''  ■ .  (:■ 

Scots,  rabua.'. 
PsrrslsQ’ar  disc.  u' 
Basins  (small  v.ashl 
Ban aloe 
■  Bees  "'ox.  ■ 

Blow  hole  -cement 
•  Boiler  -compound  , 
Eons ,  case  hartf&ltio 


.£iuu;baso:d .  ;  ...  j 

Putty  .  • 

'Paper,  bags; 
r  Soap  : 


Robe,  '.hemp--'. 
Saw  Bust 
Stencil  .paint- 
Pall  ow .... 

Tadics-  > 

Toilet 'paper 
Twine  ■  ' 

'  Vaseline 
t'aete  eanb  ' 
■Whisk;  brooms 

rvibtir.g.,  crocus 

!,  dusting,  fil« 

.-.  ri'hhing,  wire 

Bri ek3, 



Bracks  ..  .. 

’Burn!  rshers  . 

Bobbing  'cloth 
.Cahs.i-  'oil.  C-  3pj 
.  Carborundum. 

-.Goal-,  -  ami  tht-pg.. 
Ch'i'l  k 

Chamois  ■ 

Charcoal ' 


Chen  i  osiJa  A  t-ruga. 

use-,  (os cop' 
.  f  or  ■ .  la  b  o  ,ru  t  o  ry  < 
•  p"  r.poees 



•  Bir.ic- 

Oi-f-^i^rc  :  i.3  C  ■: 
pmsM  u'ess  ~-~i  --J 
■;  Ca  tl WciTS K'  --C 0'l3 
— -r~k 


®|to'  - - - 


'tie  c'od  iogic.’ 

Ail  cieds  except  »cuu- 
..  «a.ti c  ,blQctric.,or.  rut*ii! 
la  the  •  .  ' 

thread  i-ns.  . 

Eoga  . . . 

Piefi  - . 

Si  vie  d  rjj  ' - - -  -  -  f— 

Sell}’"  ?ars-\-  •  -r - ...... 

Bra*te*7«8  ••4-  Serupai-a.  -•• 

Srt'atr.i’;;  t •.>•'- or, 7  vbeoA)-- 

;:?ti  Sira  r 

:?ul  10  rs  --  -r- . . 

Tlatttrs  . 

Geoaa  +  rio  di^-hoBd's  — 

’rsvv-ri:  - - - 

0  rind  5  tone - - 

.ifstefce  ,r  a;  • 

.Batcho'la  - 

all  Ifina’e'^ie.ep  t^phaU,- 

«£Jtic-  and/  steam 

net  lUBIUC.i.-re.S  &  V.VTS  1 

i  ,  't-  Inciud*f?  .coat  of  1  Jbri-ot-Urg  ciis,  grease  sru 

near1  ia  the  chop's,  agsluoive  oi  power  a  Is  ‘■.ion. 

1  It  U1  "37  :v  ’  S  .SoS*  M  I 

,'hipeneso 'of  traveling  csflBfrrAfl. 

Tin  rsAJCi  r 

lm :  •:;•'•?  >  fa  Ter  ti-an  '  ;br  t-,  i  o r. .  hotei-end  Oth*./ 

K-ooasarS'  oxnfrnaes  for  travel  for  paplpyaps,  oxcart' 
as  follow^:  ; 

■/Mots  l :  Crave  ling- dipenaes  ii  atianduf.sii  upon 
*  > outside  conye.- tlOES  ;  n-oe  tings  uaa 

■  e:.hfbiri:,as,'  prC'iafca  far  the  ae^CJflt  j lie. 

Kotn  ?;  irevo.1 ing  . :. 3  sit  connection  v.i  th  : 

;  .  ’Quito  vnish  are  Chargeable  to  aOUiAm  t  r±~r - 

note  S :  at  •  ax  ■  oi  ■  •  -v  • 

&s;  to  ;i2count  *117 

r.ota  4;  Crave ling  exe.s-sg'es  incurred  or.  acc'oV/lt  of 
>  •  r  special  tritss  okHVgpsCS^fi  to  special  shot, 

■  '  •  .  '  '  • 

113  Ak5ltT;M;;cfe&^  -  - 

:■:.'■■■■  Includes  traveling.  and  on  ter  teln. ins  bnpenseo.  of  ►*>;• 
Coarvaci'* e  oKvlcyrees  :n  art  •  .: 
oatihij:;  of  <  '  rovro rr : •  1  ;r  tvchr.ivf.l 

>  •  t-ione,.--  alsoiall.  axpanae.  -ir  connection 'r  1th  5 

• '  ' .  nl’-X  expense  in  connection  with  giving  .private  "dc-r 
.  ••  ;  stratio.':.  <;t  houses,  lodges,  lanquots ,  <vtc„'  mill 

•  vr!  •.ran*  o“  Vdovs .  drib  iinpy Vb stone  ,  'fr.ii.j-fc  t  i  Vpi-.'i 

'.roccsas  incurred  .in  enter teipiag  ousto«<wa 

In  el  '  ■  in  npanaetion  -  iih  teio.v.xuoh  :  ..; 

•  ■>  leprione  sa"  lea  - 

IX  3elf  1  i  pl''ory  ' 

X  V-  dlfei/lKX  VVa&SX  -•  T  *0 y c  '  :  ;•> 

/  distributed  month  by  ;monti 
>s  ir.  the  nust<  o,ne- month 
;ed  :v;ith  ;tha’  twelve  months'- 
id/,  theroby'ahoy.'  an  abnormal, 
that  .-articular,  month . 

lief  !and  his  Assistants  01  the  , 
taunt.  also  neymen ts  to . rs 
Drills  a'po  'an38'orlCE'.  'Alarm v  Calls • 
330 .  connected  r;i  th.  'the  7ire,  Dept,,' 

Includes  'amounts  held  for  rantaj 
account  should  be  credited.' rob: 
property  Bvrfted  by  this  company 

-Commencing  V.ith  the  .beginhlDgllof :  the  fiscal, It 
year  charge 3  to  this  account  rill  be  made  by 
journal  entry,  ;  Tho.eati-ratea  cost  of  taxes 
to  be  talon  out I  In  monthly  proportion.  Vouch¬ 
ers  in  payment  of  taxes  v.ill  be  charged  to 
"Taxes  Accrued "V  ?orhthe- same  reason  given  ' 
above  for  Insurance,  this  temporary,'',Tuxea'.  . 
Acorued’l:.account.  v.ill, be  carried. .  . 

: ms  07  ixvssTOKisa  &  5:ccha.iaeor 

iges  paid' 
.’ontorlea  dales  "togons  e: 
;e  of  wagons  &  freight 

Covers  all  e>.ponse3'  incidei 
lag  original  purchase  ;-ri( 
i  nitial  shipment  of  vsgons, 

nr.  co vor3  salaries  aha  oxt 
located  at  above  Company' 


inaos  of.  our  i 
s  offices  for 

i  teres i 

la?  iiicoiaKQ  3tiipr.a:x3 

To  cover  till  expenses  in  connection  with  incoming 
shipments  such  as  Boxes,  Bottles,  Cratos,  Jars,,  etc. 


To  cover  all  expenses  in  connection  with  moving  of 
•  Departments  from  one  Building  to  another  or  from 
one  cart  of  a  Euiltfing  to  another  part  in  same 
Building,  also  all  expenses  in  connection  with 
moving  of  Buildings  from  one  location  to  anothor. 


To  cover  any  exoense  in  connection  with  Building  located 
at  “10  Fifth  Avenue,  ",  These  expenses  will  be  .paid 
when  Building  is  rented. 


To  cover  all  work  of  an  expense  nature  that,  we  do  for 
and  of  the  affiliated  Companys  all  work  to  be  done  on 
special  shop  orders. 


'  To  cover  all  expenditures  in  connection  with  this 
class  of  work  bn  phonographs  or  moving  pictures,  . 
such  exnenditures  to  include  traveling  oxpens.s  of 
omoloyebs;  attending  educational  conventions  or 
exhibitions,  and  salaries  of  employees  engaged  in 
this  class  of  work. 


This  account  is  ,to  cover  expenses  for  travel  in 
connection  with  the  preliminary  arrangements  with 
an  artist  relative  to  making  of  a  talent  contract, 
or  ongaging  them  for  regular  work. 

Also  all  exoenses  in  connection  with  making  a  trial 
record,  including  traveling,  hotel,  payments  to 
talent,  froight  for  forwarding  records  etc. 

Regarding  this  last  item,  if  it  necessitates  ma.cing 
an  extended  trip,  the  salaries  of  employees  making 
such  trips  should  bo  charged  to  this  account  also. 

Open  for  future  use. 

142  to  146  inclusive. 

•  pairing,  ■  It. ; 

iing-jiba  rapt 

REPAIRS  1’6  cUJI.rJi:03  _ 

Labor  and  material  for  repairing  and  partially 
ir.p  buildings.  •  ' 


and 'material  "or  repairing  of  roi 
the  -Coroany  and  up  keep  01  the  g. 
;hs.  sidev.alks,  regrading  ana  ropi 

Cost  of, labor 
belooKing  to- 
including  pa' 


'Sqlf  Explanatory. 


•tically  ronew- 
i  the  shops  and 

reoairihg  and  pari 

'  is  ,Co  npany ,  in 
and  turntable! 

labor  and  material' fo: 

•  '  log  tracks  belonging  . 

yarns ,  including  trestles 


labor  and  material  for  .repairing  and  partial: 
ing  steam,  gas  and  air  pipes  in  all  builcinj 
noler  station.-  Repairs  to  steam  mains  bates 
station  and  buildings  charged  to  acco  an t  ?1 

:  Light,  Heat  and  Power).  • 




Ing.and  nart.ialiy 
:h  shop  fixtures  t 

Iron  Sinks 

uangorous.  places, 
Vt'ork  benches 




Includes  cost  of  labor  and  ma tori al  incurred  in  repair¬ 
ing-  ana  partial] y  renov.-ihgonginas,  boilers','  air 
compressors,  generators,  transformers,  convertors, 
sv.-itch-board  s,  and  auxiliary  apparatus,  also  pumps 
and  pipes  in  power  station. 


Includes  cost  of  labor  and  muterial  for  repair!  rig  and 
renewing  steam  mains  connecting  buildings  with  the 
power  station. 

Includes  wages  paid  engineers,  fireman,  oilors  and  other- 
labor  in  the  power  station. 


•  Includes  cost  of  lubricating  oils/  greases,  waste  etc. 
used  in  power  station. 


Includes  toiler,  fly-wheel,  and- any  other  insurance 
applicable  to  Power  Plant. 


Includes  all  minor  oxpensos  not  otherwise  provided  for 
in  connection  with  operating  Power  3tution. 

.176  COAL  C OH 3 D 

Includes- cost. of  coal  consumed. 


Includos  cost  of  water  used  by  Power  Station  and  for 
manufacturing  purposes.  .  " 


Includes  cost  of  fuel  oil.  : 

.  179  SISCTRIC  CURREKT.  GAS  &  STEAK  (-purchased  or.  transferred  ) 

Includes  Electric  Current,'  Gas  and  Steem. purchased 
or  transferred. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  Tidal  Power  (E-1 2-82) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  opinions  about  harnessing  hydraulic  power  from  tides.  Included  are 
items  pertaining  to  Edison’s  endorsement  of  a  power  system  proposed  by 
inventor  Thomas  A.  MacDonald.  Among  the  correspondents  for  1 91 2  is  Harry 
C.  Webber,  editor  of  the  Bath  Independent  in  Maine. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The  items 
not  selected  consist  primarily  of  unsolicited  correspondence  seeking  Edison's 
advice,  information,  or  assistance  on  technical  or  financial  matters  relating  to 
tidal  power.  These  letters  received  no  response  or  merely  a  perfunctory  reply 
from  the  inventor. 

wwr»NTflST>AY  EVENiyG,  JANUARY  24,  1912. 


•  *  w; —  - 

The  Wizard  Tells  Mr.  MacDonald  to  Go  Ahead  and 
Build  Plants. 


Bath’s  Industrial  Boom  Thus  Takes  a  Most  Sub¬ 
stantial  Aspect. 

Hydraulic  power  has  a  wonderful 

■fill  future.  Go  right  ahead  and 
;lio  right  track.  I  will  help  you  all 
io  to  do  so,  and  you  can  refer  any 
Thomas  A.  McDonald,  inventor  of 


tho  contrary  it  Is  very  much  alive.  20:— 

This  week  what  Is  the  most  im-  "Through  tho  efforts  of  Mr  Man- 
portant  development  of  the  winter  In  well.  It  was  possible  for  me 
the  progress  of  the  scheme  came  as  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison  at  his  labors-  | 
pleasant  nows  from  President  Mac-  lory  in  the  city  of  West  Orange,  U>  , 


a  test  of  same  he  said  In  part: — 


Hydraulic  rum  ».y..  -  ----- 

o£  Bath,  which  madiNt ’possible  here 
for  the  first  practical  tide  water  I 
model  of  tho  patent,  to  operate  on 
...  the  tides'  last  summer  and  prove  that 
the  theory  Is  correct,  and  that  the 
ocean  tides  can  be  harnessed  for  In¬ 
dustrial  service  that  Is  practically 
perpetual  motion.  Now  that  the 
greatest  Inventor  and  electrician  of 
tho  whole  .world,  Wizard  Edison, 



has  given  tho  Invention  his  approval 
and  endorsement,  there  can  be  no 
doubt  of  Its  practicability  on  a  largo 
and  commercial  scale,  as  Is  proposed 
to  be  Installed  in  this  city  with  the 
opening  of  spring. 

The  Mr.  Maxwell,  referred  to  in 
the  letter  is  the  chief  promoter  of 
tho  Maine  Corporation,  who  has 
made  several  visits  to  this  city  this 
winter,  to  secure  land  and  shore 
rights  at  Wlnnegance  Creelcand  who 
Is  a  friend  of  Mr.  Edison.  Tho  model 
to  which  allusion  Is  made  in  the  lot- 
ter  Is  one  of  seVoral  aluminum  min¬ 
iature  models  owned  by  tho  parent 
company  In  New  Jersey. 

Not  only  the  MacDonald  Co.,  but 
Bath  appreciates  .tally  tho  generous  j 
offer  of  Mr  Edison  to  aid  In  tho  de-  . 
volopment  of  the  wonderful,  yet  slm-  . 
pie  invention  of  Mr.  McDonald,  an 
invention  which  has  tho  most  enor¬ 
mous  possibilities  in  the  furnishing 
of  commercial  power,  either  directly 

manufactured  products.  It  Is  a  stroke  I 
of  almost  Providential  good  tortuno 
that  tho  MacDonald  Tide-Water 
Power  plan  of  Inventor  MacDonald 
has  thus  boon  brought  before  tho 
broad  and  diamond  clear  Intellect  of 
the  great  Edison. 

Ahead,  now,  tho  prospect  to  secure  | 
tho  Wlnnegance  dam  and  plant  of 
the.  MacDonald  Co.  and  the  two  fac¬ 
tories  already  secured  for  tho  power ; 

Portland — Ar  23d,  schs  Charles  H 
lllnck.  Mchaffey.  Phlla,  coal:  Isaiah  ( 

Cleared— Scha  Rebecca  Palmer, 

■  D  Nichols,  Seavey,  Sav  hah: 


tie .  Thomas  A .  Ed i3  on , 

West  Orange,  H.  J., 

Ky  dear  Sir;- 

Certain  parties  who  c 
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Yours  very  truly  ) 


Mr.  Thomas  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park, 
West  Orange, 

Dear  Sir: 




Ur.  ThomaB  MacDonald  of  Paterson,  is  trying  to  / 
interest  us  in  his  invention  of  a  machine  using  the  power 
of  the  tide  and  flow  of  a  stream.  He  has  referred  u's  to 
you.  May  we  ask  you  for  your  opinion  of  this  invention. 

Awaiting  your  favor,  we  remain. 

Very  respectfully  yours, 


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with  Edison,  arranging  for  others  to  meet  him,  or  thanking  Edison  fora  recent 
meeting.  Among  the  correspondents  for  1912  are  journalist  Joseph.  I.  C. 
Clarke,  German  thermal  engineer  Rudolf  Diesel,  and  utilities  executive 
Charles  L.  Edgar.  There  are  also  letters  from  Frederick  L.  Hoffman, 
statistician  of  the  Prudential  Insurance  Co.,  and  Oskar  von  Miller, 
electrification  pioneer  and  founder  of  the  Deutsches  Museum.  Some  of  the 
letters  concern  a  visit  by  Charles  Schwab  and  the  Argentine  Naval 
Commission,  who  dined  in  Edison's  library  on  April  27,  1912.  Other 
documents  pertain  to  visits  by  representatives  of  the  Deutsches  Museum  and 
by  industrial  safety  pioneer  Sir  Thomas  Oliver. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 
Requests  for  appointments  that  were  declined  by  Edison  and  letters  that 
received  no  reply  have  not  been  selected. 



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Thank  you  very  much  i 

January  l8th,  giving  i 

to  visit  your  laboratory. 

I  want  to  take  this  opportunity  of  saying  that  I  an 
.ng  to  show  these  people  unusual  attention,  and  suggs 
;he  other  day  that  if  there  was  anything  they  especis 
;o  see  or  do  in  the  United  States,  I  would  endeavor  1 
It  for  them.  They  instantly  said  that  they  would 
set  Mr.  Edison  than  do  anything  else  they  knew  of,  ai 

flow,  my  thought,  my  dear  Mr.  Edison,  is  this:  That 

I  shall  wait  until  Spring  time  when  the  weather  is  nice,  and 
bring  them  from  Bethlehem  down  to  visit  you  some  day  by  automo¬ 
bile  if  this  will  be  entirely  agreeable.  Of  course  I  shall  no- 
lose  the  opportunity  of  coming  to  visit  you  myself. 

Hoping  you  are  quite  well,  and  with  all  the  compli- 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

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Mar  ch  2.  1912 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

We  will  appreciate  it  if  you  will  kindly 
favor  ua  -with  data  as  per  enclosed  form;  the  same  being 
desired  in  connection  with  Mr.  Bancroft's  historical 
work  on  "Wealth  and  the  Achievements  of  Civilization." 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  courtesy, 



Yours  faithfully, 


Berlin:  rs.,  March  8th,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Llewellyn  Park,  Off tUge,  N.J . 
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Ify  dear  Edison:- 

Herewith  I  take  great  pleasure  in  advising  y«u 

that,  a  delegation  from  the  "Deutsches  Museum" 
posed  of 

Herren  Heiohsrat  Dr.  Oskar  von  Miller, 

Geh.  Rat  Professor  Ilf.  V.  von  Dyck, 

\  Exo aliens  S t aat saints t*r  D*.  Graf  von  Podewils-Ddrniz, 

\  OherhUrgermeistef  0«h.  Hofrat  Dr.  W.  von  Borscht, 

SSffiTSS  &S2&S&1  Schirmann. 
has  been  appointed  to  take  a  trip  to  America  for  the  purpose  of 
making  a  thorough  study  of  the  most  important  libraries,  muse¬ 
ums,  lecture  halls  and  industrial  establishments  and  at  the  same 
time  to  cultivate  the  acquaintance  of  prominent  persons. 

The  eommission  expects  to  arrive  in  America  early 
in  April  and  I  should  esteem  it  a  great  favor,  if  you  would  grant 
them  ac personal  interview.  h&urB 




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V.’e,  Professor  Ur.  Archenhold,  Director  of  the 
Treptow  Observatory  in  Berlin  and  I  would  like  to  see 
your  olant  and  laboratory  in  Orange  to-morrow  Karsh  19th 
after  1.  P.  K.  . 

Iir.  Archenhold  is  a  celebrated  german  Astronomer ; 
he  is  interested  in  your  new  invention  re  films  for  scient¬ 
ific  photography,  furthermore  he  will  place  an  order. 

Please  let  me  .know  without  delay  if  our  visit  is 
convenient  to  you.  hr.  Archenhold  lieves  the  U.  S.  already 
on  the  20th  inst.  any  courtesies  extended  to  him  will  be 
highly  appreciated. 

Yours  very  truly: 


Mr.  Thomas  Edison  Esq. 

Llewellyn  Park, 

Dear  Sir:- 






Sometime  ago  while  I  was  visiting  my  home  in  Milan,  Ohio, 
your  sister,  lira  Homer  Page,  now  deceased,  with  whom  I  was  very  well 
acquainted  asked  me  to  call  on  you,  giving  me  a  letter  of  introduct¬ 


As  I  was  exceedingly  busy,  being  a  Captain  of  General 
Sessions,  Criminal  Court  of  Hew  York  City  which  capacity  X  have  held 
for  over  35  years,  I  placed  this  letter  away  with  other  papers  and 
have  just  happened  to  come  across  same. 

I  would  bo  very  much  pleased  if  you  would  kindly 
acknowledge  this  note,  granting  an  interview,  and  stating  just  'when 
it  would  be  most  convenient  to  call  on  you. 

Yours  very  truly. 


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April  l6th,  1912. 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq.,  j|W 
LLev/ellyn  Park, 

Orange,  K&w  Jersey. 

Hy  dear  Ur.  Edison:  _y 

As  President  of  the  Salvage  Syndicate  for 
^t^e^t^Srt'V^Gp^et ,  I  venture  to  address  you  to  know  if  you 
would  accord  me  an^ audience  some  time  in  the  near  future  to 

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discuss  with  you  soijie  ^submarine  problems  on  which  your  ad-  . 
vice  would  be  of  extreme  <^aiue .  May  I  add  that  I  should 

not  come  as  .  a  ^wfiatgP^ut  sim^Ly  to  address  you  as  a  scien- 
tifi^man  por  infonnatiot^oft^ problem  in  which  I  am  inter¬ 
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April  l8th,  1912. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Llewellyn  Park, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  very  much  obliged  to  you 
for  your  secretary's  letter  of  the  17th. 

I  shall  give  myself  the  pleasure 
of  calling  on  you  in  the  near  future,  and 
will  take  the  liberty  of  telephoning  you 

i  coming  over. 

Very  truly  yours. 

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Ily  dear  L!r  lieadowcroft 

Permit  me  to  acknowledge  and  thank  you  for 
the  photograph  taken  on  the  occasion  of  the  visit  of 
the  German  Commissioners  to  your  works.  The  picture 
is  most  attractive,  and  will  bo  a  splendid  memento  of 
the  very  delightful  occasion. 

Yours  very  truly 


Alfred  J.  Thompson 

s.a.  Foreign  Mining  5  Investments 


May  15/12.  meAqoW  GROF  L 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. , 

Orange,  N.J. 

My  dear  old  Boss:-  Ch-^' 

Uncle  J. I  .C. Clarke  and  myself 
-ill  run  out  to  see  you  on  Saturday  afternoon 
if  you  can  spare  enough  time  to  have  a  little 
ohat  with  us. 

Have  Mr.  Meadow croft  drop  me  a  , 
line  here,  if  this  date  and  time  is  convenient. 

I  personally  am  very  anxious, 
indeed,  to  get  a  good  autographed  picture  of  you 
"for  old  time's  sake",  I  have  been  without  one 
all  these  years. 

Very  sincerely. 


3  Lf  3  C 


May  16th  1912 






Thos.  A.  Edison  Esq 

West  Orange,  JI. J. 

Dear  Mr  Edison 

Referring  to  the  conversation  of  yesterday, 
pleasure  in  forwarding  you  the  Krupp  Statistical  Data,  which  1  tAst  will 
give  you  all  the  information  you  desire.  This  Boot  of  course  is  not 
the  Special  Jubilee  Edition  which  I  referred  to.  This  will  he  isared 

later,  end  forwarded  to  you  through  Thos.  Prosser  &  Son. 

’  under  separate  cover 

I  aiso  heg  to  enclose^  little  pocket  hook  issued  hy  our 

Branch  Works,  Pried.  Krupp  A.  G.  Grusonwerk,  which  X  trust  will  he 

useful  to  you. 

Now  Mr.  Edison  I  do  not  want  to  impose  upon  you,  hut  would 
he  very  pleased  indeed  if  you  could  see  your  way  clear  to  confer  upon 
me  a  small  favor,  and  would  you  he  kind  enough  to  send  me  a  little 
momento  of  ny  visit  to  your  most  interesting  place,  in  the  form  of  a 
photograph  or  a  printed  picture  with  your  autograph,  as  I  would  greatly 
appreciate  seme,  and  treasure  it  as  a  momento  of  this  visit. 

As  regards  any  new  inventions  in  the  mining  line,  as  I  informed 
you^our  people  would  he  most  happy  to  deal  with  you,  and  X  thank  you 


IB  GOLD  STREET,  P.  0.  BOX  878,  NEW  YORK. 

Thos.  A.  Edison  -  Sheet  2 

▼eiy  much  for  your  promise  to  communicate  with  Messrs  Thos  Prosser 
&  Son  whenever  there  Bhould  he  something,  which  you  might  think  would 
he  of  interest  to  my  firm. 

Trusting  to  hear  from  you  in  dare  of  Thos.  Prosser  &  Son,  I  am 
Very  sincerely  yours 


-  Deutsches  Museum  —  ■ 


Hi  If 

Monchen,  May....20thT1912, 


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Mr. Thomas  Alva  Edison, 

Level lyn  Park, 

Orange, Hew  Jersey. 

,  Lear  Sir: 

I  received  to-day  the  copies  oflthe  photograph  which 

was  taken  at  the  lunch  in  your  library. 

I  must  say  that  I  have  seldom  in  my  life  better  utilised 

twenty- fi vo  seconds  than  those, in  which  I  had  to  hold  still  while 
this  picture  was  being  taken.  You  have  created  for  me  in  this  pic¬ 
ture  a  great  pleasure  for  a  depade  and  I  beg  you  to  accept  my  warm¬ 
est  thanks  for  it. 

Faithfully  yours. 

Dcctsches  I.2c.:ovjn 

■■■—  Deutsches  Museum  — 



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Ur. Thomas  Alva  Edison, 
teveliyn  Park, 

Orange, New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir; 

Referring  to  the  visit  of  our  Commission 

nission  and  to  the// 

letter  of  our  President  Dr. Oskar  von  Miller  we  desire  to  express 
our  wannest  thanks  for  the  interest  shown  by  you  in  our  museum. 

¥e  thank  you  especially  for  the  kind  promise  to  give  us 
one  of  the  first  original  apparatus  with  which  the  human  voice 
wap  reproduced  by  means  of  flat  plates  and  for  the  assurance  that 
you  would  have  the  great  kindness  to  send  with  the  Original  a 
plate  spoken  into  by  you  personally  in  your  own  language  about 
the  invention  and  importance  of  the  phonograph. 

¥e  also  thank  you  for  the  proposed  sending  of  a  small 
kinematograph  with  sample  pictures  showing  the  way  in  which  you 
instruct  the  youth  by  means  of  living  pictures. 

¥e  were  very  mnch  gratified  by  your  kind  assurance  that 
you  would  see  whether  you  could  send  still  other  important  origi¬ 
nal  objects  which  would  show  the  hundred  thousand  visitors  of  our 
museum  what  a  great  advance  human  culture  owes  especially  to  your 
inventions  and  your  untiring  activity.  ¥e  may  perhaps  mention  here 
that  two  original  dynamo  machines, an  electromotor  and  an  old  car¬ 
bon  fibre  electric  lamp  from  you  have  until  now  been  exhibited  in 
our  museum.while  beside  them  hangs  a  picture,by  no  means  good, that 
shows  the  visitors  the  man  to  whom  the  world  owes  so  many  and  such 
great  inventions. 

We  should  like  very  much  to  be  able  to  get  specjnens  of 
ices  l&r&rh&S&f  hntf'lVartb0  df’  lamp's  .paftefff  ^'ai'1cot5ifei9t®g'flparts  1 
of  your  first  subterranean  transmi^^cW'^^f^^^^  9fi8i!;Wome 
mtoltopBItiSW  of  tyckOr  •’eftfctf^y^’m^eft^  rtfur  museum.  M 

has  ffl  &e  model 

of  your  first  electric  central  strfiBSM1;^ Fti$r Nearly 
iae^i  fcb  ®  electricity. 

.meoJae  rigid  if 

we  were  able  to  exlSWfP  a^-^e^to^iion  of  this  model  in  our  mu¬ 
seum.  ,\  .v.  .Vv\  ^ 

We  should  like  to  be  able  to  call  to  this2 9^emmnbrance  of 
the  engineers  and  phyaic^Eft%aifff  "¥h%  p'reW&nV Vime^W 'feSa*  *8$; e rmin - 
ation  by  you  of  the  plant  for  the  distribution  oT't^^'rrdnt  took 
place.  We  beg  you  therefore  to  have  the  plan  of  Wall  Street  and 
its  neighborhood  drawn  on  a  board  and  on  this  to  stretch  the  wires 
distributing  the  current  with  the  feeders, to  mark  the  resistances 
by  simple  wire  coils  and  then  to  show  how  you  determined  in  ad¬ 
vance  the  anticipated  loss  of  current  by  elements  and  galvanomet¬ 
ers.  As  a  matter  of  course  your  first  telegraph  and  telephone  ap¬ 
paratus  as  well  as  specimens  of  your  other  numerous  inventions 
would  be  of  the  greatest  value  to  our  museum.  We  should  also  like 
.  very  much  to  have  drawings, plans  and  pictures  as  well  as  auto¬ 
graph  letters  and  reports  which  we  could  incorporate  in  our  col¬ 
lection  of  documents, in  which  we  already  have  letters  of  Faraday, 
Ampere.von  Siemens ,Bunsen,Liebig  &c. 

You  must  kindly  excuse  us  for  coming  with  so  many  re¬ 
quests, but  it  is  the  multitude  of  your  eminent  inventions  and  ere-* 
ations  which  makes  it  necessary  for  us  to  preserve  your  memory  to 
future  times  by  many  historically  important  objects. 

We  hope  that  it  may  sometime  be  possible  to  show  you  our 

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. — :  Deutsches  Museum  — — — 


Monciien,  Uay...20th.119.12. . 

Mr. Thomas  Alva  Edison, 

Orange .New  Jersey. 

We  have  returned  to  Europe  full  of  hearty  thanks  for 
the  lively  interest  and  the  energetic  furtherance  of  our  efforts 
which  we  found  everywhere  in  the  United  States,  It  is  of  the 
greatest  value  to  us  to  have  friends  in  America  who  also  contri¬ 
bute  to  making  the  scientific,  and  technical,  .acquisitions,  of  all 
times  and  all  countries  accessible,  to.  tne  widest,  classes  of  the 
people  through  the  German  Museum.  \ 

We  consider  ourselves  very  fortunate  to  have  won  as 
friends  in  the  United  States  those  men  whose  works  and  inventions 
are  of  the  highest  importance  not  only  for  their  own  country  .but 
for  the  whole  civilized  world.  \ 

It  would  afford  us  special  satisfaction  if  you  would 
enter  into  permanent  closer  rolations  to  our  museum.  We  intend 
therefore  to  propose  to  the  Governing  Council  your  election  as  a 
lifelong  member  of  the  Committee  of  our  museum. 

We  beg  you  to  kindly  inform  us  whether  you  would  be 
willing  to  accept  such  an  election. 

very  truly  yours, 

Deutsches  Museum. 

Copy  of  the  Statutes, 
Certificate  of  Membership. 

23d  Street,  near  Broadway 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq:- 
Orangs,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Will  you  please  give  me  an  appointment  at  the  Labor¬ 
atory  some  morning  this  week,  as  I  desire  to  see  you,  in  the  absenoe 

of  Mr.  Dyer. 

Yours  very  truly, 

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T.  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange , 

New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir, 

In  the  Bearer  we  hare  pleasure  in  introducing  Mr.  Erwin 
Schwartzkopff,  a  prominent  Engineer  in  the  service  of  the  German 
Government,  who  is  making  a  tour  of  inspection  in  the  United 
States  and  is  very  anxious  to  visit  your  WorkB. 

We  should  esteem  it  a  great  favour  if  you  would  give 
Mr.  Schwartzkopff  a  few  minutes  of  your  valuable  time,  and 
afford  him  every  assistance  in  your  power  to  inspect  such 
Plants  as  he  may  be  interested  in. 

With  best  thanks  in  anticipation  of  any  courtesies 
you  may  extend  to  Mr.  Schwartzkopff, 

We  remain, 


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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Llewellyn  Part, 

West  Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  are  addressing  you  at  the 
request  of  Mr.  William  Hoberg,  an  engineer 
in  the  service  of  the  Russian  Empire,  in  the 
Department  of  Forests  of  the  General  Depart¬ 
ment  of  Agriculture. 

Mr.  Roberg  had  the  honor  of  visiting  you 
at  Menlo  Park  in  '79,  and  has  asked  us  to  en¬ 
deavor  to  obtain  an  appointment  for  an  inter¬ 
view  at  this  time. 

The  occasion  for  Mr.  Roberg's  presence 
here  is  an  investigation  being  made  by  the 
Russian  Government  to  improve  their  means  for 
the  housing  of  immigrants  in  Siberia.  He  is 
interested  in  your  inventions  f “r.£he 
tion  of  cement  houses,  and  is  of  the  opinion 
that  such  houses  could  be  erected  to  advantage 
in  places  remote  from  timber  supplies* 

We  hope  you  will  find  it  convenient  and 
agreeable  to  grant  this  request,  and  assure 
you  that  your  compliance  will  place  us  under 
obligations . 

Respectfully  yours, 

American  Wood  Workingljachinery  Company , 



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Bethlehem  Steel  Company, 

South  Bethlehem.Pa. 

my  18th  ,19 12 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  E.J . 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Our  Argentine  friends  are  ready 
now  to  visit  your  plant  any  time  you  say  the  word. 
Will  you  please  let  us  tow  when  It  will  he  convenient 
for  you  to  hare  them  d  o  s  o. 

With  kind  regards, 

Sincerely  yours, 

Bethlehem  Steel  Company, 

South  Bethlehem.Pa. 



^August  lBt,1912  y  y' 

P  w  y . 


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Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.J.  ^  X\ 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison:  .  \  avT  tf"  ,  J 

We  have  fixed  upon  Saturday  ,  A  ^  .  J<A 
August  17th,  as  the  date  most  suitable  to  our  Argentine  ft,*  / 
friends  to  visit  your  plant  at  Orange.  We  will- moto^A'  ^ 
there,  and  probably  drop  in  about  11  A.M.  There^/} 
will  be  about  fifteen  In  the  party.  AAfK  \ 

I  trust  this  date  will  be  entlJ^  1 
convenient  for  you,  and  with  kindest  regards  beg  to 

Sincerely  yours, 

'  ,  *  f  f 
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9J.y  yours,  — 





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Bettifehem  Ste'feiCompan^ 

South  Bethlehem,Pa.  Aurust  i4tv;jb.yi2. 
00^^'  °’ 

C.  M.  SCHWAB, 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: -,-£^0^'  \JCt^ 

1  Mr.  E .  G.  Grace,  our  General  Manager,  and 
I  ill  accosu-any  V  .  Argentinians  i-  tftlr  visit  tc  four  labora¬ 
tory  at  Orange,  W.J.,  on  Saturday  of  this  week,  August  17 tn 
It  is  our  intention  to  visit  your  laboratory  at  Orange  and  not 

ro  elsewhere  on  that  date.  V/e  shall  leave  r.ers  about  fa: 00 


o'clock  in  t-.s  morning  and  expect  to  r«ac.h  the  laboratory  about 
11:00  o'clock.  I  think  v:u  cr.n  definitely  state  that  there  will 
be  twelve  (12)  in  the  party. 

I  am  sending  you  by  express  to-day,  twelve  (12)  of 
your  photographs .  Will  you  please  autograph  each  of  these 
photographs  at  your  leisure  so  that  they  '-ill  be  ready  for  tne 
Argentinians  to  take  a.vay  with  them  on  Saturday.  They  ..culi!  all 
be  very  glad  to  have  your  picture  and  they  ..■’.aha  this  request 
of  you  through  me. 

I  am  looking  forward  with  pleasure,  as  are  our  Argentine 
friends,  to  meeting  you  and  seeing  your  laboratory. _ 

With  many  thanks  and  kind  regards. 

^oWcrqft  ^0o“- 

MeABo^o£2M°&.  oROFT 

Bethlehem  Steel  Company, 

South Belhlehem,Pa.  August  lot  ., 


Mr.  Win.  K.  Msadowcroft , 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Executive  Op-pices 
Detroit.  U.  S.  A. 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange, N.J .- 

Chicago  Office,  3710  Racine  Avenue. 

August  17"  1912  — 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

On  occasion  of  my  visit  to  see  you 

last  week, -the  first  in  many  years , -afforded  me  pleasure  in  helialf  of 
"Auld  lang  syne"  and  great  satisfaction  to  see  you  looking  so  very 
successfully  happy.-  A  continuing  cumfort  for  me,  I  find  is  heing 
amplified  in  that  your  achievements  have  securely  placed  you  in  the 
order  of  the  truly  great  of  Earth.-  Being  associated  with  the  early 
workers  for  the  establishment  of  one  of  your  first  great  achievements, 
-heroine  an  abiding  joy.-  That  great  opportunities  are  now  open  and 
calling  for  attention  in  behalf  of  Justice  and  poor  Humanity:  is  surely 
manifest  in  every  direction.-  Your  published  statements  emphasize  the 
situation  most  helpfully.-  Please  see  a"good  message  inclosed  herewith. 

Upon  its  reading:  I  marvelled  at  its  parellel  s  with  my  experiences 
and  conclusions  — 

As  voluntarily  suggested  to  you,l  will  try  and  give  you  brief  and  clear 
outline  of  conditions  with  me,  and  environment  of  my  interests  at  this 
time,  with  view  of  having  such  suggestions  as  you  may  be  pleased  to  make 

“you  will  remember  how  difficult  it  was, in  the  early  days,  to  interest 
ranital  in  our  new  Industry,  and  how  a  new  and  unique  style  of  financing 
appeared  in  Michigan  during  that  period, which  was  given  properties  and 
expression  under  the  title  of  "The  Edison  Exploiting  Association  of 
Michigan" .-  This  Association  embodied  about  one  hundred  of  the  most 
prominent  Citizens  of  the  State  and  was  largely  in^r"?cntal . 
ing  the  money  to  build  Central  Lighting  and  Power  Stations  at  once  in 
Detroit  and  Grand  Rapids,  Michigan  and  at  Columbus,  Ohio.- 

There  naturally  grew  out  of  this  developeinent  a  large  and  valuable 
business  acquaintance  for  me  in  Michigan, Ohio, Indiana  and  Illinois, many 
of  them  engaged  in  Transportation.-  for  it 

X  believe  your  new  Battery  has  merit  and  that  a  great  field  for 
exists  in  common  road  and  Railway  Transportation  and  otherwise, and  I 
would  like  very  much  to  have  you  suggest  any  a^**angcment  you 

mav  think  best  for  me  to  get  the  advantages  of  the  strength  mentioned 
above.-  Early  results  would  surely  be  secured  in  Michigan  and  sur¬ 
rounding  States, and  rapidly  follow  elsewhere. - 

For  nearly  a  decade  I  have  been  working  on  a  "Direct  System" .where¬ 
in  a  priine  mover-  say  a  gas  engine-electric.-gcnerator-motor  Combination 
S  em^Sld  to  Liveythe  Conveyance.-,,  This  Interest  is  now  being  handled 

be  nfol  ^  cirtaL  classes  of  work.and  now  in  that  you  have  produced  a 
dependable  Battery,  there  is  no  reason  in  further  doubt  — 

Mr  Frank  E.  Kirby  of  Detroit, one  of  our  Country's  greatest  Ship 
designers, tells  me  that  he  believes  Electric  Transmission  wil?;  ®“p®**ceed 
the  Mechanical  on  all  Marine  Craft-  This  expression  come  about  in 

T.A.E.  Aug.  17"  1912. 

*  (2) 

talking  of  some  iae^ebfi"®tei°1vestCrs°inttheS^dison  Detroit  Central 
Mr. Kirby  was  among  to  His  opinions  touching  tills 

the  first  to  use  Electricity  on¬ 
board  his  Ships. - 

i  believe  that  improvement  is  possible  in  the  transmission 

f rom°batteries°to  the  which  show  that 

I  have  made  some  rough  experiments  in  .  charge, of  at  least  20?0 

a  greater  coefficient  can  he  had  from  the  o  sfcru*tures>_ 
and  this, without  complication  of  a  special  typo  of  motor. 

This  Improvement  will’ reside  p  y  n  an  oriinary  series  motor, 

costing  not  to  exceed  10£  more  to  pr  #m  partly  consist  in 

““°u™  SSlSrSr^Uonary  Car.ct.rl.tlc.  of  ... 

sition  of  it  you  may  suggest.- 

f  -  rjrsssysjs:  y^as 

decideto  give  me  a  "Jack  up"  in  some  way  you  will  know  about  best.- 
X  realize  how  valuable  every 

with: -that  I  have  three  fundamental  oombinations ^or  sy  naye  outllned 

the  Electro-mechanical  order, and  one, of  J*e  ” ry  V/ork,and  will  interest 

-  -  ss 

.  ,  j  cnnilltles  such  as  you  command  without  infringing  on 

-««»»  or  »y  «.t 

work)  you  tell  me  is  best.- 

Would  it  be  in  line  of  the  "usual"  To  perfect  the  battery  Combination 
in  your  Laboratory ?.- 

With  all  my  best  wishes, 

vmms  Sincerely  i 

hi  c 

/S.  too*  & 

&Cctj  AaJZ  ^et-d  *d<ym. 

jurO to  Se^ove  ‘ 

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Bethlehem  Steel  Company, 

South  BethIehcm,Pa.  August  sa/y,  19x2. 


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ILy  dear  friend  Hr.  Edison:- 

I  have  returned  to  Bethlehem  this 
morning  from  Hew  York,  after  my  very  delightful  trip  to  your 

I  wish  I  could  convey  to  you  by  letter 
how  deeply  our  Foreign  friends  and  I  appreciate  your  delightful 
entertainment  and  courtesies  on  Saturday  last. 

As  I  have  so  often  expressed  to  you 
personally,  I  regard  you  as  our  greatest  American,  and  this 
view  is  more  than  shared  in  by  the  friends  who  accompanied  me; 
but  aside  from  all  you*  wonderful  work,  they  are  more  pleased 
with  your  delightful  personality.  They  tell  me  they  are  sending 
you  a  group  nhoiograph  which  they  have  had  made  expressly  for 


Again  allow  me  to  thank  you  for  your 
great  kindness  and  to  express  the  hope  that  you  may  arrange 
for  a  visit  to  Bethlehem  and  have  an  equally  enjoyable  time. 

Very  truly  yours, 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

j  jr  •;> 

Bethlehem  Steel  Company, 

South  BethIehem,Pa.  Auguot  22nd,  1912. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft 

Referring  to  your  letter  of  August 
20th.  I  received  copy  of  the  group  picture  this  morning.  It 
is  very  good  indeed.  I  shall  be  glad  later  on  to  receive  the 
inside  picture  which  you  mention. 

I  shall  long  remember  our  very  happy 
visit  to  the  Laboratory  on  Saturday. 

With  kind  regards. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Mr.  Vfilliam  II.  Meadowcroft, 

Orange,  H.  J. 


Oblige  a  Vd.  a  distraerse /un'minuto  mas ,de  las 
tareas  del  Gran  Inventor,  y  ospero  qffe'ou  bondad ' me  dio- 
culpe  por  olio,  pero  deseo  roiterar  las  graclas  una  vez 
mas,  en  nombre  do  loa  oficiales  a  mis  ordenec  y  on  el  mio 
propio,  por  la  amable  acogida  que  Vd.  nos  dispenso  durante 
la  visita  efectuada  a  sit  oatabloci niento  de  Orange,  N.J., 
y  por  la  afabilidad  con  que  el  alto  personal  del  niismo 
establecimionto  nos  dio  unas  horas  de  amena  6  instructive, 

Como  una  domostracidn  de  admiracion  sirvaoe  aceptar 
mi  distinguido  Seilor ,  la  ad  junta  fotografia  de  todoo  los 
miombros  do  la  Comision  Naval  Argentina  en  Bothlohom, 
modesto  pero  sincero  presents,  simbolo  de  alta  considera- 
cion  y  de  afectuoao  rospoto.  . 

Uuy  sinceramonto, 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.J. 


under  ny  conxnand  and  in  my  cam  for  the  kind  recaption  you 
bestowed  upon  us  when  wlalting  your  pleat  at  Orange,  H.  J., 
and  for  the  courtesy  with  whioh  the  high  officials  of  the 
plant  entertained  us  for  a  few  hours. 

Distinguished  Sir,  as  a  token  of  admiration 
kindly  accept  the  enclosed  photograph  of  all  the  members 
of  the  Argentine  Kaval  Commission  at  Bethlehem,  a  modest 
hut  sinosre  present,  symbol  of  high  consideration  and  great 

Sincerely  yours, 

(Signed)  Tamon  Gomah  reman 
Mr.  Biomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Glerunount , 

Sinoe  my  Interesting  meeting  with  you  in  July,  in  seeing 
through  your  extensive  Works,  1  must  thank  you  and  your  assistants 
for  the  many  kindness  shown  me. 

As  you  are  aware  1  am  giving  a  series  of  lectures  on  your 
life's  work,  and  already,  some  important  engagements  have  been  made 
for  me  commencing  in  October,  in  which  several  gentlemen  of  Title 

and  high  rank  are  to  preside. 

I  have  Just  had  word  from  Mr.  F.  Dyer  that  several  lantern 
slides  illustrating  the  Phonograph  and  the  Storage  Battery,  hr*  being 
sent  me,  but  1  would  take  it  as  a  Personal  favour  if  you  oan  see  your  nr 
way  to  send  me  many  more  as  I  wish  to  make  these  lectures  very  complete 
of  your  whole  life's  work. 

May  I  mention  such  as  first  typewriter,  telephones,  telegraph 
apparatus,  and  first  system  of  Electric  Lighting  if  you  have  any  proofs, 
also  your  many  deaoratlons,  Presentations  and  if  possible  views  of 
your  Residences  and  Estates,  Etc. 

The  British  public  dearly  love  pioneers,  and  looking  to  the  -Pd‘ 
fact  that  you  are  still  so  active  and  that  the  Press  have  had  so  many 
mystical  Aladinioal  ideas  of  your  existanoe,  true  facts  are  appreoiat- 

Telegeams-.-formation" Glasgow. 
Telephone:-  N9SS02  Douglas. 

A.  B.  C.  Code  used. 

w  Queen  Street  Station. 

44  West  George  street, 

1  trust  you  will  see  your  way  to  oblige,  and  apologising 
for  encroaching  on  your  valuable  time, 

Believe  me. 

Yours  very  sinoerely. 

B.  S.  A  signed  photo  of  ypurself  will  be  greatly  valued.  . 

Mr.  Edison: 

Dr.  Jaques  Bertillon,  who  is  coming  over,  is  the  brother  of  lonis 
Alphonse  Bertillon,  the  "finger  print"  man.  They  are  both  sons  of  Louis 
Adolph  Bertillon,  the  inventor  of  Bertillon  measurements. 

Dr.  Bertillon  iB  Director  of  Bureau  of  Municipal  Statistics.  He  has 
translated  the  report  of  English  Board  of  Trade  on  Cost  of  living,  eto. 
as  well  as  other  Bimilar  reports.  He  is  interested  in  everything  per¬ 
taining  to  industrial  conditions,  etc. 


Boston,  September  4th,  1912. 

Thomas  A.  Kdison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Uy  dear  Mr.  Edison, - 

Thank  you  very  much  for  your  letter  of  August  1st, 
regarding  my  twenty-f ifth  anniversary.  I  have  a  very  dis¬ 
tinct  recollection  of  the  morning  I  called  on  you  in  Menlo  Park 
in  1883,  and  look  hack  with  a  great  deal  of  gratitude  to  the 
many  kindnesses  which  you  have  shov/n  me  from  time  to  time  since 
that  date.  Your  name  has  been  an  inspiration  to  all  in  the 
industry  and  I  am  no  exception  to  the  rule. 

I  had  intended  going  over  to  New  York  today  and 

going  out  to  Orange  tomorrow  to  see  what  arrangements  I  could 
make  with  you  about  your  coming  over  to  Boston  during  the  Show. 
They  tell  me  that  there  is  a  possibility  of  your  going  to  the 
Edison  Convention,  and  I  am  therefore  putting  off  my  visit  to 
you,  hoping  to  see  you  at  the  Virginia  Hot  Springs.  If  you 
are  not  there,  I  will  stop  over  on  my  way  back  and  try  to  per¬ 
suade  you  not  only  to  come  yourself  but  to  bring  Mrs.  Edison 
and  stay  two  or  three  days  with  us  some  time  during  the  month 
of  October. 

/tfjt-^us  fair. 

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.Mr. John  Fahnestock  Wallick, 
Soarsdale,  H.  Y. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  the  6th  instant  to  Kr .  Edison 
received,  and  contents  noted*  Mr.  Edison  directs  me  to 
write  you  that  he  can  see  you  here  at  the  Laboratory  at 
any  time  you  find  it  convenient  to  come  out.  However,  it  may 
he  best  for  you  to  telephone  to  me  just  when  you  intend 


Your  8  very  truly. 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

U.  S.  A. 

My-  dear  Edison: 

This  is  to  introduce  Mr.  Kettner,  who  is  connec¬ 
ted  with  the  Foreign  Office  and  who  is  crossing  over  to  America 
hy  order  of  the  German  Government. 

Mr.  Kettner  is  very  desirous  of  shaking  hands  with  you 
and  I  should  eBteem  it  a  great  favor  it  you  would  give  him  a  few 
moments  of  your  time  and  have  one  of  your  lieutenants  show  him 
around  your  works . 

Thanking  you  for  any  courtesy  you  may  extend  to  Uv. 
Kettner,  1  am, 




F'  Th<7 Modern  Historic  F.ecords  Association  tic  u*- 
ai rous/at  their  annual  meeting  to  be  called  shortly ,  (sc - 
cord  ini  to  tno  By-laws  should  be  held  the  third  Monday  in 
November  or  within  two  weeks  thereafter)  e  moving  picture 
and  phonographic  exhibition  of  educational  or  historical 
subjects,  and  I  have  been  re.iu°stea  t0  cone  over,  end  in¬ 
terview  Mr.  Edison, obtaining  his  signature  to  e  parchment 
and  aLso  a  record  of  his  voice  in  spoken  speech  for  *re 


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November  13*4 191 2*-/ 

A/'  K 


Uy  dear  Ur.  Edison:- 

The  contents  of  your 
letter  of  the  11th  inst.  was  a  surprise, 
and  waa  indeed  a  curious  coincidence;  X 
am  almost  tempted  to  say  I  am  sorry, 
however  that  would  not  he  the  r  eal  truth 
as  I  am  rejoiced  to  learn  that  you  have 
the  money,  which  means,  of  course,  less 
strain  on  you  personally. 

Isn't  the  proposition 
big  enough  to  take  my  party  along?  I 
think  if  you  and  I  were  to  talk  the  matter 
over  we  might  find  way3  and  means  to  do 

I  will  go  over  to  the 
laboratory  some  day  next  week  if  you  care 
to  discuss  the  subject  with  me,  and  of 
course,  if  nothing  comes  of  it  there  will 
be  no  great  damage  done.  At  any  rate, 
let  me  hear  from  you  as  to  this  last 
thought  of  talking  the  matter  over. 





Hew  York,  Hov,  18,  1912. 

Thornes  A.  Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  I1!.  J. 

Attention  Wm.  e.  iieadowcroft. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  reply  to  yours  of  Hov.  14th  I  thank  you  for 
the  promise  of  interviewing  "r.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  find  it 
is  my  intention  to  attend  with  ”r.  Darned  of  the  nations  1 
’lodern  Historical  Association,  Wednesday  morning,  20th, 
about  10.30  to  11. 

Yours  faithfully, 

N.  REMSOff|Vict  PnEoiorm  ^  ^  ,  ,  H.C.Dc  GRAFF,  Scchcta 



""HORSE  GOODS,  DELIVERY  WAGONS  repository  at 

'  ■'  ■  f  AN0  iron  STABLE  FIXTURES.  740-750  grand  street. 

sF  (x  / 

ir.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Jf.J.  ^ 

Dear  Sir: 

As  manufacturers  and  dlsburserB  of  horse-drawn  vehicle  s 
for  the  past  thirty  years,  we  begin  to  wonder  what  ultimate  effect 
the  electric  and  the  gasolene  truck  is  going  to  have  on  our  general 
■business.  The  writer  contemplates  a  trip  to  Orange,  N..T.  within 
a  few  days, and  would  like  to  inquire  if  you  would  care  to  tell  me 
your  experience  and  your  views  upon  the  situation,  provided,  rf 
course,  he  were  to  call  at  an  hour  that  would  be  agreeable  to  you. 
There  is  a  train  leaving  Bew  York  at  9:10,  fc^tTing  at  Orange  9:59. 
Vbuld  it  be  convenient  for  me  t.o  call  on,  say, Friday  morning  of  this 

Appreciating  your  courtesy,  I  beg  to  remain, 

Very truly  youra,  t 



Xocomobile  AND  jjbboir-Pcrroif  cars 

Mr.  Meadoweroft , 

c/o  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Id  Ison, 

Oranc?,  N.T. 

Dear  Sir: 

Under  date  of  November  27th,  I  ’^reived  from  Mr.  Thomas 
A.  Edison  a  reply  tc  a  former  communication  in  which  I  «.Bk9d_for_a_ 
brief  in t orvivw  re1  at iv a  to  electric  vT-yelled. j articles ,  anc  he 
su7"estTd  that  I  communicate  with  you  and  arrange  for  a  mseving. 

It  is  not  that  I  wish  to  take  much  of  Mr.  Edison's  time,  bu*  X  Y'allu 
to  ret  at  first  h«nd  eome  of  his  experiences. 

There  is  a  train  re&chin*  Orange  about  9: 59, and  if  agree¬ 
able  to  you,  would  be  pleased  to  go  out  or.  Tuesday  or  Wednesday  o t 
next  week,  December  3rd  or  4th. 

I  await  you.-  early  reply. 

Very truly  j 




Xocomobile  and  flbboltDc&oit  cars 



South  Bethlehem.  Pa., 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 
West  Orange, 

in  January,  1910,  you  kindly  permitted  me  to  bring  a 
party  of  Senior  Mechanical  Engineering  students  to  visit  your 
West  Orange  laboratories.  The  visit  was  most  interesting  and 
instructive  and  highly  appreciated.  I  shall  be  very  grateful 
if  you  will  grant  a  similar  privilege  to  this  year's  class. 
There  will  be  about  1 *  men  in  the  party,  including  myself,  and 
we  shall  be  in  New  York  from  Dec.  17th  to  20th  inclusive. 

last  year  you  were  unable  to  grant  us  a  similar 
request  as  you  had  Just  had  the  American  Society  of  Mechanical 
Engineers  and  some  other  parties  visiting  your  laboratories, 
but  you  kindly  intimated  that  you  might  grant  us  the  favor  at 

some  other  time. 

Hoping  to  receive  a  favorable  reply,  I  am, 
Very  truly  you -a. 

Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  Warren  County  Warehouse  Company  [not  selected]  (E-12-84) 

This  folder  contains  documents  pertaining  to  the  Warren  County 
Warehouse  Co.,  a  subsidiary  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  The  one 
document  for  1912  is  a  monthly  statement  sent  to  Edison  on  June  1,  1912, 
jointly  signed  by  Herman  E.  Kiefer,  secretary,  and  William  H.  Mason, 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1912.  West  Orange  Laboratory  -  General  (E-12-85) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
operations  at  the  West  Orange  laboratory.  Included  are  notes  from  Edison  to 
longtime  associate  Jonas  W.  Aylsworth,  master  machinist  Robert  A. 
Bachman,  and  other  members  of  his  technical  and  experimental  staff.  Also 
included  are  items  by  Edison's  personal  assistant  William  H.  Meadowcroft; 
Walter  L.  Eckert,  general  auditor  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.;  and  Carl  H. 
Wilson,  general  manager  of  TAE  Inc. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
items  not  selected  include  receipts,  printed  material  from  employee  events, 
monthly  statement  pertaining  to  the  consumption  of  electrical  current  on  the 
third  floor  of  the  laboratory,  memoranda  concerning  street  cleaning,  letters  of 
transmittal  and  acknowledgment,  duplicates. 

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Vr .  H.  F.  Iflller:- 

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a  memorandum  regarding  carrying  on  the  books,  apparatus 
which  is  ^urcn^seu  by  the  Laboratory  of  a::  investment 
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October  9,  1912. 

Kr.  H.  F.  Killer:* 

I  am  still  awaiting  a  reply  from  you 
regarding  the  method,  of  handling  purchases  which  are 
made  by  the  Laboratory,  and  which  are  of  an  investment 
nature,  which  have  heretofore  been  charged  to  the 
several  experimental  Jobe  you  are  carrying  on  for  us. 

I  am  very  anxious  to  settle  this  matter,  and  v/i  sh  you  would 
see  me  as  soon  as  possible. 


Hr.  Dodds 

Hake  up  at  onoe  at  leant  10  Darrels  of  composition  for 
oiling  roadways  around  factory.  Hr.  Deeming  will  obtain  for  you 
the  necessary  fuel  oil  for  this  purpose,  and  when  you  have  the 
mixture  made  up,  or  any  part  of  it,  advise  Hr.  Bird  and  he  will  arrange 

to  have  it  put  on  the  roads. 

ll/ 27/12. 

Copies  to  Messrs. 


looming:  Bird:  Wurth. 

H.  V.  Hiller: 



The  way  this  letter  is  addressed  would  indi¬ 
cate  that  it  was  intended  for  you.  If  you  cannot  locate 
this  up  there,  return  it  to  me  and  I  will  search  further. 

I.  V/.  V/. 

m.  S. 

Mr.  Haggerty  says  Brady  did  not  send  it. 

Edison  General  File  Series 

1912.  West  Orange  Laboratory  -  Hutchison,  Miller  Reese  (E-12-86) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining 
to  the  supervisory  duties  of  Miller  Reese  Hutchison,  who  became  chief 
engineer  of  the  West  Orange  laboratory  in  August  1912.  The  documents  are 
mainly  Hutchison's  carbon  copies  of  his  communications  to  Edison  and 
others,  although  there  are  also  a  few  original  letters  bearing  Edison's 
marginalia.  In  addition  to  communications  concerning  administrative 
procedures  and  record  keeping,  there  are  items  relating  to  changes  in  the 
physical  plant,  such  as  the  construction  of  a  windowless,  concrete  structure 
alongside  the  galvanometer  room  and  the  proposed  addition  of  "a  ladies  room 
in  the  laboratory"  for  the  convenience  of  women  employees  and  guests.  Also 
included  are  a  memoranda  and  drawing  regarding  the  proposed  allocation  of 
work  and  storage  space  on  the  third  floor  of  the  laboratory. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected. 

February  1 i  1512 . 

Nr ,  Fdison 

I  am  leaving  Wednesday  noon  for  West  Point,  where 
I  have  been  invited  to  have  dinner  with  the  Officers  at  the 
Mill  lasy  Academy,  and  spend  the  night,,  giving  a  lecture 
before  the  student  body  at  9,30  A.  K.  Thursday. 

This  will  not  do 

s  any  hart 
il.  R.  H. 

March  5,  1912. 

Mr,  Edison, - 

That  Essex  Press  in  Newark  has  exhausted  my 
patience.  It  has  been  at  least  three  and  one-half  weeks 
since  we  submitted  proofs  of  the  electros  they  prepared 
subsequent  to  our  electros  being  burned  up  in  their  fire. 
They  had  only  6,500  sets  of  these  reprints  to  get  out. 

I  have  sent  down  several  times,  to  find  when  they  will 
be  delivered.  They  promised  faithfully  to  have  them  here 
last  Saturday.  They  have  not  yet  appeared,  I  have  there¬ 
fore  written  them  that  unless  they  are  received  on  or 
before  Saturday  the  ninth  instant,  we  will  refuse  to 
accept  them.  I  hope  you  will  baok  me  up  in  the  matter. 

It  is  the  only  way  I  can  get  action  on  anybody. 

Hr;':  Edison, 

The  status  of  the  Chief  Engineer  of  this  Laboratory 
is  not  understood  at  all  hy  the  men.  Heretofore  there  have  been 
so  many  bosses/  owing  to  laok  of  initiative  of  BIIsb,  that 
everyone  looks  on  him  as  a  figure  head.  As  I  have  no  desire  to 
pose  in  such  oapacity,  I  want  it  understood  that  I  am  in  charge, 
of  oourse  under  your  supervision.  So  please  sign  this  notice  which 
I  will  tack  up  l^nday  morning. 



gfcnu*  (Q^J^n/, 

Ada  15-1915. 

Mg.  M.  R.  HiItgM  isod 

is  Hereby  appointed 

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August  19,  1912, 

Mr,  Edison, - 

I  have  a  manufacturing  proposition  for  our 
Electrical  Department: 

At  the  request  of  Admiral  Dewey,  I  designed,  built, 
and  installed  an  instrument  for  showing  the  speed  of  warships, 
in  June  1908,  The  original,  installation  on  the  U.  S.  S,  TACOMA, 
remains  in  the  same  calibration  as  when  installed, 

This  installation  caused  to  be  awarded  to  me  the 
contract  for  equipping  the  tJ.  S.  S.  ELOBIDA  at  a  price  con¬ 
siderably  above  the  price  of  other  tachometers.  The  in¬ 
stallation  was  made  and  passed  without  a  single  criticism. 

It  remains  in  satisfactory  operation, 

I  now  want  to  proceed  to  market  this,, tachometer 
aggressively.  In  talking  w^th  the  Argentine  Navy  men  Saturday, 
they  esp**jagg£dd4adfcBd  to  -receive  full  details.  I  am  quite 
sure  I  can  put  one  Of  these  tachometer  setB  on  each  of  the 
warships  they  are  having  built. 

I  can  also  place  them  on  the  American  warships, 

Quite  a  number  of  railroadB  are  using  them  on 
their  locomotives.  The  NORTH  STAH  of  the  Mutual  Transit 
Company  of  Buffalo  has  one;  installed,  and  operating  perfect¬ 
ly.  The  Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology  Is  using  one 
of  these  tachometers  as  their  standard  of  calibrating  the 


speed  of  a  model  boat  they  have  built. 

My  Idea  la  to  have  the  manufacturing  done  hy  our 
electrical  department.  I  will  sell  the  apparatus.  The 
electrical  department  will  hill  me  with  same,  and  I  will  ' 
in  turn  make  payment  of  bills.  I  will  stand  the  advertising 
and  selling  expense. 

I  prefer  to  have  this  made  in  the  Works  than  outside, 
and  as  I  want  to  proceed  aggressively  in  the  matter,  and  also 
wish  to  put  some  work  into  our  electrical  department,  I 
thought  you  would  he  willing  to  have  the  same  done  here. 

The  instrument  is  really  an  assembly  of  readily 
obtainable  apparatus.  I  use  Bosch  Magnetos,  and  G,  J5.' 
dynamometer  type  voltipeters.  The  watertight  cases  etc:?  we 
can  have  cast  hy  the  Lovell-McConnell  Mfg.  Co.,  and' 
machined  hy  Sloan  and  Chace  of  Newark.  The  assembly  can 
he  made  and  calibration  done  in  the  electrical  department. 

It  *111  therefore  run  into  very  little  expense  as  far  as - 
equipment  is  concerned. 


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Bear  Mr.  Hutchison: - 

There  is  a  matter  of  great  importance  to  me 
which  I  am  forcea  to  call  to  your  attention,  and  as  I  cannot 
seem  to  get  an  opportunity  to  speak  to  you  alone,  I  take  this 
means  of  imparting  it  to  you. 

X  presume  you  are  aware  of  the  fact  that 
there  is  no  ladies'  room  in  the  laboratory  ana  that  I  am 
obliged  to  go  down  to  the  top  floor  of  the  Office  Building. 

This  is  a  great  inconvenience,  as  you  can  no  doubt  realize, 
and  also  incurs  a  great  loss  of  time.  I  do  not  mind  it  so  much 
during  the  summer,  but  I  do  object  to  it  in  the  winter,  as 
every  time  I  go  out  I  have  to  don  my  hat  and  coat,  (which 
also  makes  it  rather  embarrassing  for  me  being  among  a  lot  of 
men)  and  it  really  does  not  seem  fair  that  I  have  to  go  way  down 
to  the  Office  Building  in  all  kinds  of  storm  and  weather.  Do 
you  think  so? 

Another  thing  -  several  times  lady  visitors 
have  come  to  me  and  I  have  been  obliged  to  trot  them  dovm  to 
the  Office  Building,  which  they  considered  ridiculous,  especially 
for  a  place  like  the  Edison  laboratory. 

How,  Mr.  Hutchison,  I  hope  that  you  will 
look  at  this  from  the  proper  standpoint  and  do  what  you  can 
in  this  respect,  for  which  I  will  be  very  thankful  to  you. 

Very  sincerely. 

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Sept.  16,  1912. 

Mr.  Hutchison, - 

,  Pat  Brady  says  the  reason  we  cannot  get 
stationery,  printed  matter,  etc.  here  immediately,  is  that 
he  has  received  orders  from  Hr.  Edison  to  order  all  such 
matter  from  T.  A.  E.  Inc. 


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"^^^ept.  17th,  1912 

Mr.  Edison:  C\|  ^  — ■*  .  — -ff'"'' 

Referring  to  the  attached:  j 

Notwithstanding  any  statements  to  the  contrary, 
there  has  been  no  delay,  as  far  as  the  Advertising 
Department  is  concerned,  in  producing  forms  of  printed 
matter  for  Laboratory  use.  I  talked  with  Pat  Brady 
to-day  and  ashed  whether  he  had  any  oomplalnt  to  offer 
the  service  generally  and  he  replied  "no." 

The  ibrm  he  referred  to  sneoif  loally  in  his  con¬ 
versation  with  the  one  who  wrote  Mr.  Hutohinson  on  the 
16th,  was  a  Gatekeeper's  Pass  which  was  ordered  on  Brady’s 
requisition  #14595,  dated  September  10th.  The  order 
was  for  5QM  and  reached  me  on  the  11th— last  Wednesday. 

The  same  day  I  placed  a  rush  order  on  one  of  our  printers 
for  the  job.  The  copy  was  not  particularly  clear,  so 
the  safe  thing  to  do  was  get  a  proof  before  printing. 

This  proof  reached  ms  on  the  13th  (last  Friday);  I 
mailed  it  back  the  same  day,  and  it  reached  the  printer 
on  the  14th  (Saturday).  On  a  run  of  as  many  as  5011 
it  is  aoonomy  to  make  electrotypes  instead  of  running 
the  foim  singly.  (This  is  obvious).  The  plates  reached 
the  printer  to-day  and  the  forms  are  printing  now.  The 
specifications  call  for  the  collating  of  the  passes  in 
pads  of  100.  The  printed  forms  will  not  be  dry  enough 
to  handle  for  padding  until  to-morrow.  Delivery  of  the 
completed  job  will  be  made  to-morrow  afternoon. 

We  haven't  lost  a  moment  on  the  handling  of  this 
form.  It  oould  have  been  produced  quieter,  but  we  were 
not  advised  by  Pat  Brady  that  he  had  to  have  it  immediately. 

Thera  aren't  a  dozen  concerns  in  the  country  getting  any 

better  service  oh  printed  matter  than  we  are  getting. 

and  can  get,  nor  are  there  any  more  getting  work  as 

cheaply,  considering  its  quality. 

I  think  we  are  better  equipped  than  the  Storage 
Battery  Advertising  Department  to  handle  Laboratory  print¬ 
ing  and  I  hope  you  will  let  us  continue  with  it. 

If  necessary,  I  will  have  Pat  Brady  set  a  definite 
date  of  delivery  on  every  order  and  meet  that  date,  although 
in  eo  doing  we  may  have  to  pay  a  little  more  for  some  of 
our  Jobs  than  at  present . 

L.  tot  MoOhesneor. 


Sept.  17th,  1912 



Wlth  Hicolai  bending  every  energy  In  getting 
out  l/4"  and  1/8"  tube  loading  machines,  Philpot  now  oomeB  on  the 
carpet  again  for  12  roaming  lathes  still  due.  He  reports  that 
Wilson  haB  told  him  to  put  on  day  and  night  shiftB  and  double 
his  production. 

He  haB  also  sent  an  order  for  20  additional 
cushioning  machines  (each  amounting  to  a  number  of  cylinders 
and  whirling  them  around  to  try  the  rubber  solution  placed 
within  them)  Parts  of  these  machines  were  made  on  the  outside 
and  assembled  here.  Sfannot  all  the  machines  be  made  on  the 

Aiken  wants  a  second  edging  machine  and  also 
wants  another  extracting  machine,  the  orders  for  which  are  in 
Hicolai' s  and  luhr's  jlfcrnrtnents. 

The  15  tracks  Aiken  has  for  his  plate  holders 
will  have  to  be  reconstructed,  as  the  present  plate  holders 
arc  only  half  the  depth  of  the  ones  first  designed  for  the 
truck.  This  moans  about  60  extra  grids  to  be  nade  and  all 
the  trucks  taken  apert,  the  whoelsturned  and  made  absolutely 

We  have  just  completed  the  leveling  up  of 
two  of  Aiken's  baking  ovens.  He  is  now  asking  for  the  othor 
tr/o  to  be  levoled  up  in  like  manner,  which  means  another 
week's  work. 

All  of  this  work  seems  to  be  unloaded  on  the 
laboratory  when  we  are  trying  to  do  some  experimenting. 

Hope  this  will  let  up  soon. 

Over  $1000 /put  in  on  disc  record  Job  by 
Hicolai 's  room  alone  last  week. 



October  7,  1912. 

Hess.  Wetzel  &  F. Brown, 

Copy  to  K.R.Hutohison 

I  wish  to  advise  I  have  arranged  with  Ur.  Hutchison 
that  in  the  future  when  Mb  people  require  any  material  from 
us  to  ho  used  In  connection  wi  th  experimental  work  being 
carried  on  by  the  Laboratory,  they  will  use  the  attached  form 
whioh  Is  praotl cally  the  same  as  our  own  material  slip,  except 
that  the  material  prooured  on  these  slips  should  be  turned 
over  to  Wetzel  who  in  turn  will  make  out  a  material  sheet, 
forwarding  sheet  to  Brown  to  render  a  bill  weekly.  Wetzel 
should  arrange  to  advise  the  different  stock  keepers  to  deliver 
material  on  these  slips,  but  to  be  sure  that  the  slip  states 
the  Laboratory  Shop  Order  the  material  is  to  be  charged  to, 
furthermore  fct  wttk  Ww  each  slip  should  be  approved  by  either 
Ur.  Hutchison,  or  in  his  absence  11.  P.  Hiller. 

There  will  be  no  question  about  having  these  slips  passed, 
inasmuch  as  when  any  slips  are  made  out,  a  duplicate  will  be 
forwarded  to  Brady  of  the  Laboratory,  who  in  turn  will  cheok 
same  with  our  bill  when  rendered.  This  does  away  with  the 
Laboratory  making  out  a  separate  requisition  to  procure  any 
material,  and  also  the  handling  of  these  requisitions  when  reoeived 
by  us. 

Wetzel  should  also  advise  all  of  his  stock  rooms  that 
whenever  one  of  these  slips  are  presented  to  a  stock  room  of 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  the  stock  clerk  should  change  the  reading 
of  the  ticket  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 

If  there  are  any  comments  you  wish  to  make,  kindly  Bee  me. 

W.  L.  ECKERT. 


Ur.  Hutotaieon:- 

Regarding  new  method  of  procuring  material  from 
our  stock  rooms,  the  above  la  h  carbon  copy  of  Instructions  I 
am  issuing  to  our  Production  Department,  which  I  trust  you  will 
find  setiefaotory.  You  will  note  that  I  advised  rendering  a  MU 
weakly  inataad  of  monthly,  inasmuch  as  I  think  it  will  simplify 
the  method  of  handling  by  rendering  it  in  this  way,  aa  the  items 
may  he  so  amorous  during  a  month  that  it  would  mako  it  cumbersome 
to  cheok, 


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October  25,  1912. 


Hutch!  nson:- 

In  connection  -with  the  attached  slips, 

I  return  them  to  you  inasmuch  as  they  are  being  used 
incorrectly.  These  slips  as  you  know  are  intended  only 
for  material  which  you  wish  to  procure  from  our  stock 
rooms  in  a  hurry,  so  as  not  to  hold  up  development  work 
being  carried  on  by  you^  on  account  of  complicated  system. 

The  slip  covering  Galvanized  Iron  top 
covers  for  Varnish  Plate  Racks,  I  assume  is  in  connection 
with  the  equipping  of  the  Pise  Record  Plant,  for  which 
you  have  an  experimental  order  from  us  and  also  an  Edison 
Phonograph  Works  shop  order  to  cover  any  work  in  connection 
with  making  of  equipment  for  this  plant,  consequently  it 
would  only  be  in  order  for  you  to  send  a  memorandum  to 
have  thi s  work  done  charging  it  to  our  own  shop  order 
instead  of  a  Laboratory  shop  order. 

You  also  sent  us  a  memorandum  on  a  material 
i  slip  to  run  a  six  inch  steam  line  from  the  Laboratory 

i boilers  to  our  Blue  Amberol  Record  Department.  This  order- 
should  have  been  Bent  to  us  on  a  regular  Laboratory  order 
blank,  'or  if  we  are  to  do  the  work,  and  as  it  is  work  of 
a  nature  that  is  not  experimental,  but  merely  accomodation, 
I  think  it  would  be  no  more  than  fair  for  you  to  forward 
us  a  memorandum,  allowing  us  to  issue  our  own  shop  order, 
thereby  saving  an  advance  of  50$  on  labor  if  the  work  was 
charged  to  one  of  your  shop  orders  and  then  billed  by  the 
Laboratory  to  ub. 

Will  you  kindly  advise  me  regarding  this 
matter  at  your  earliest  opportunity,  inasmuch  as  I  am 
holding  up  the  data  in  connection  with  the  steam  line. 

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1912.  West  Orange  Laboratory  and  Associated  Companies  - 
Letters  and  Reports  to  Edison  (E-12-87) 

This  folder  contains  letters  and  reports  that  were  written  to  keep  Edison 
informed  about  laboratory  and  company  operations  while  he  was  vacationing 
in  Florida  in  March-April  1912.  Included  are  references  to  Edison's  country 
house  lighting  system,  the  development  of  an  electric  starter  for  the  Ford 
Motor  Co.,  tests  on  Lansden  vehicles,  experiments  with  nickel  hydrate,  and 
other  work  involving  alkaline  storage  batteries.  There  are  also  reports 
concerning  Edison's  motion  picture  interests,  including  the  development  of 
sound  motion  pictures,  color  photography,  the  Home  Projecting  Kinetoscope, 
and  educational  films.  Additional  reports  relate  to  the  development  of  the  disk 
phonograph,  the  Blue  Amberol  cylinder  record,  an  Amberola  concrete  cabinet, 
and  new  reproducers  for  cylinder  phonographs.  Some  of  the  reports  mention 
visitors  to  the  laboratory  such  as  industrialist  Henry  Ford  who  discussed  the 
electric  starter  with  Donald  M.  Bliss,  Edison’s  chief  engineer,  and  William  G. 
Bee,  manager  of  sales  for  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 

The  reports  were  prepared  by  department  heads  and  other  employees 
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Poyer,  Harold  H.  Smith,  and  Selden  G.  Warner.  They  were  transmitted  to 
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March  13,  1912. 


Am  working  to  eliminate  the  air¬ 
holes,  pits  or  gas  hubbies  that  are  present 
in  the  Dope  I  have  given  to  Mr.  Holland 
and  Mr.  Higham  for  test. 

Mr.  Holland  reports  that  the  con¬ 
sistency  of  the  Dope  is  all  right  for  his 
use.  Mr.  Higham  reports  that  he  fails  to 
notice  any  improvement  with  the  new  hard 
Dope  over  the  regular  Master  wax.  He  finds 
the  new  blank  more  difficult  to  shave  and 
the  structure  a  little  coarser  and  contains 

I  am  working  now  to  produce  a 
new  compound  that  will  not  embody  those  two 

The  formula  of  the  Dope  I  have 
given  for  test  to  Mr.  Holland  and  Mr.  Higham 
is  as  follows: 



Tetra  Cl.  Hap.  56 
Stearic  Acid  40 
Synthetic  Camphor  8 
Carbonate  of  Soda  10 
Shellac  114. 

Lly  observation  of  this  combination 
is  that  an  emulsion. is  formed  which  orystal- 
izes  on  cooling.  But  if  allowed  to  cool 
slowly,  the  ingredients  harden-  set  or 
crystalize,  one  after  the  other,  to  form  a 
coarser  structure  than  when  compulsive 
cooling  in  ice -water-,  and  the  quicker  it 
cools  the  finer  the  structure.  This  may 
explain  the  reason  that  the  large  cylinders 
I  have  given  Ur.  Higham  show  to  be  of  coarser 
structure — the  larger  body  did  not  chill  as 
quickly  as  the  smaller  cylinders. 




March  13,  1912. 


The  cell  we  have  been  running  on 
"Endurance"  at  130°  F.  for  50  runs,  gives 
on  the  5th  cold  run  (15-hour  charge)  after 
the  hot  runs  only  195  to  1.  V. ,  207  to  . 9  V . 
and  222  to  .5  V.  This  is  not  nearly  in 
proportion  to  the  output  obtained  in  small 
cells.  We  have  not  hit  the  mark  yet. 

Two  Bismuth  oells  have  been  ar¬ 
ranged.  so  that  the  can  may  be  connected  to 
the  negative  pole  on  charge  and  disconnected 
on  discharge.  Four  15-hour  runs  have  been 
given  under  this  arrangement  but  as  yet  no 
change  is  noted,  the  cell  yielding  between 
190  and  196  to  1,  V.The  fact  is  the  output 
runs  a  trifle  lower  than  it  did  before  the 
can  connection  was  made.  In  this  case 
I  think  we  might  expect  a  longer  time  to 
be  neoessary  before  any  results  will  be 



ar  parent. 


Two  cells.  Sea  water  is  used 
exclusively  in  filling  the  first.  Dis¬ 
tilled  water  is  used  for  the  second  except 
that  100  c.c.  of  sea  water  are  added  each 

After  60  runs  the  first  yields: 

163  to  1  V. ,  205  to  .5  V.  on  overcharge. 

133  to  1  V.  on  7 -hour  charge. 

The  second  yields: 

180  to  1  V.,  203  to  .5  V.  on  overcharge, 

160  to  IV.  on  7 -hour  charge. 

The  effect  is  apparently  just  a 
matter  of  voltage,  and  not  oapacity. 


The  two  cells  that  have  been  fill¬ 
ed  exclusively  with  melted  natural  ice  after 
70  runs  yield  about  184  to  1  V.  and  194  to 
Mo  ill  effects  yet. 

.5  V.  on  overcharge. 



The  two  oe 11s  you  had  made  up  with 

pockets  of  .005"  stock  are  improving. 

2nd  run  (15  hr.  charge) 
11th  " 

6th  "  (7  hr.  charge) 

14th  " 

1  V- 

,5  V 


Still  poor.  Average  about  147 
to  1  V.  on  7 -hour  charges. 


The  plates  you  treated  with  cobalt 
in  Chemical  Boom  are  still  soaking.  The 
water  still  gives  test  showing  the  presence 
of  chloride.  The  water  is  being  changed 

daily‘  H.  H.  SMITH. 


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'  March  15,  iSi2. 

Dear  Ur.  Edison:- 

I  enclose  reports  from  various  parties,  as 


Maxwell  as  to  production  of  Home  Picture  machines; 
also  copies  of  minutes  of  meetings  of  Sales  and  Advertising 
Committee . 

Filly  Bee  aB  to  eales  of  storage  batteries. 

Harper 1 s  photo,  of  top  of  small  disc  machine  with 
his  remarks.  This  top  has  been  pressed  up  with  the  male  die 
Ho.  2  that  I  mentioned  in  a  previous  letter.  It  is  not  quite 
.right,  and  another  casting  will  be  machined  up.  Harper  says 
that  the  top  cannot  be  made  in  one  operation.  The  blank  will 
have  to  be  punched  first,  with  the  two  holes,  and  then  formed 
l  ae^rately. 

Dinwiddle  is  at  work  on  his  models  and  will  soon  be 
ready  to  make  his  first  films.  He  is  also  putting  in  a  little 
l t|me  occasionally  on  the  card  index  cf  the  subjects  mentioned 
jin  your  list,  classifying,  cross-indexing  and  expanding.  He 

i.wao  down  here  thi3  morning  having  a  little  talk  with  me,  and 
incidentally  proposed  a  new  idea,  which  I  think  will  interest 
you,  as  it  seems  good.  It  is  this:  That  we  can  make  pictures 
of  many  industrial  operations  right  here  at  the  plant  cheaper 

Mr.  Edison  -  2 

and  easier  than  to  have  an  operator  go  to  a  factory  away  from 
here.  For  instance,  we  could  hire  or  buy  a  knitting  machine, 
and  photo  the  operations  at  our  leisure  and  just  as  we  want 
to  show  them,  -  better  than  could  be  done  in  a  factory.  Again, 
in  spectacle  making,  lens  making,  etc.,  the  apparatus  and  ma¬ 
chines  could  be  readily  gotten  together  and  operated  here  to 
much  better  advantage  than  could  be  done  in  some  one  else  s 
place.  Beside,  iu  this  case,  the  successive  operations  could 
be  better  shown  if  they  were  under  our  own  control.  This 
plap  would  be  applicable  in  a  great  many  cases,  and  it  would 
seem  worthy  of  consideration. 

Mr.  Beach  happened  in  with  some  friends,  and  said 
I  might  tell  you  he  received  an  order  from  the  Chicago  and 
Creat  Western  R.R.  for  a  car;  also  that  he  has  a  third  order 
from  Rock  Kill. 

il o ore  says  that  Aiken  took  three  transfers  for  com- 
#mqrciai  blanks  from  the  German  silver  plates  and  they  were  very 
fine  surface;  better  than  Monell.  Aiken  was  much  pleased  with 

Moore  also  says  that  -urth  took  three  transfers  for 
sub-masters  from  German  silver.  One  was  very  good,  but  the 
others  had  one  or  two  spots  each  in  the  transfers.  He  thinks 
they  are  due  to  imperfect  cleaning  and  drying. 

rurth  also  took  three  transfers  from  nickel-plated 
brass  plates,  and  all  were  very  good. 

Mr.  Edison  -  3 

Moore  is  going  ahead  with  the  new  reproducer  for 
cylinder  records.  He  was  working  on  it  himself  last  night. 

Wurth  says  he  is  pushing  every  day  on  the  gold 
moulding  apparatus,  and  will  not  let  up  on  it.  The  glass 
jar  is  promised  in  a  week. 

Kighara  is  working  away  on  recording  in  the  tent.  He 
has  a  wooden  floor  and  says  the  effects  are  better.  He  was 
making  a  record  of  an  actor  while  I  was  there,  and  then  let  me 
hear  it  in  comparison  with  earlier  records.  To  my  ear  the 
later  one  was  clearer  and  I  could  get  a  larger  percentage  of 
the  words . 

Home  Picture  Machine;  This  has  been  a  busy  week 
in  the  Committee  Room  in  educating  the  demonstrators,  and  they 
are  pretty  nearly  ready  to  start  out.  There  will  be  more 
definite  news  to  report  next  week  as  to  progress,  I  am  told. 

•*  Mr.  Clifford  has  asked  me  to  send  you  the  enclosed 

letter  from  Spain.  He  says  this  is  from  the  greatest  copper 
mine  in  the  world.  He  is  still  sanguine. 

Walter  Miller  telephoned  this  morning  about  Cisneros. 
He  says  she  goes  away  on  the  25th  of  this  month  and  we  are 
under  contract  to  take  her  records  before  she  goes.  She  had 
given  him  her  repertoire,  but  in  it  there  are  none  of  the  tunes 
you  have  selected.  As  the  songs  she  will  sing  must  be  orches¬ 
trated,  there  is  not  time  to  send  the  music  down  to  you,  so 

he  decided  that  the  only  thing  he  could  do  would  be  to  select 
those  which  seem  to  be  melodious  and  in  line  with  your  ideas, 
and  to  make  the  records. 

Small  disc  Machine:  Mr.  Mudd  informs  me  that  work 
on  the  patterns  for  concrete  moulds  and  for  motor  castings 
is  going  on  without  delay. 

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Ren  or  t  W.  V/.  Dinwiddie 

Mr.  Edison:- 

The  following  cog  wheels  etc.  for  elementary  machines 

have  hoen  drawn  on  wood  to  he  sawed  out  with  hand  saw; 

Equal  gears,  1:4  ration,  internal,  elliptic  £&? - 

variable  velocity,  rack:  and  pinion,  ratchet  and  clock  escapement, 
and  vie  are  working  on  others. 

T/e  have  drawings  for  a  model  to  illustrate  that 
any  motion  may  he  gotten  with  cams. 

The  stand  for  photographing  models  is  about  done. 

I  expect  to  photograph  the  glass  pump  models  finally 
this  week  and  will  arrange  them  with  titles  as  soon  as  possible. 

We  have  the  glass  spiral  from  Eimer  and  Amend  for 
Archimedes  screw. 

Yours  respectfully, 


March  17,  1912 



7  M  '  '  ■  ■  -  ■  '  ; 

SATURDAY.  HARCH  16TH.  1912 

QBKsag  cabihet  dkpartkeht 

The  car  from  C.  W.  Hunt  &  Co.  arrived  Tuesday,  Haroh 

12th,  1918.  At  the  first:  f  ■'“I  T  * — J  th»  the  car  WfiajJdS^ot  .. 
make  the  ourvos, ,bnt  repress  <*“■'* 

-  *  .cout?t)iiv..;U_'v;»iioC0i.-»-.MV -the 

-- rearing,  thus  allowing,  tho-i - a.  lateral 'Blip;  withe  shaft.. 

This  oloaranoo  or  Blip  mint  ho  at  least  i/2M.'  We  tested  the  oar 
late  Friday  afternoon  and  found  that  the  oarmndo  the  ourvo  easily. 
Car  was  hold  1000  lbs.,  hut  was  tested  at ‘about  2000  lbs. 
The  maohino  work  on  the  hearings  wns  done  at  the  labor story,  hut 
is  to  he  charged  against  C.  W.  Hunt  & ,00. 

She  carpenters  are  working  on  a  frame  work  for  this 
oar,  so  as  to  hold  four  large  moulds,  and  as  soon  as  this  is  done 
I  will  start  pouring,  so  as  to  got  the  host-method  of  handling. 

I  have  heard  from  the  Storm  Elevator  Co.  and  1  find 
that  they  are  working  on  the  elevator  and  will  have  it  erected 
in  the  earliest  possible  time. 

C0R0R3TB  Fixture 

I  understand  from  Iir.  Uold ernes s  that  he  ie  working 
■  ®  8  new  mixer  oonsiBting  chiefly  of  "Keone’s"  oement  and  thi-  ' 
w  ill  he  mixed  hy  hand  and  not  by  maohine.  If  you  want  me  to 
• -ahead  with  the' mixer  ,  I:  would-liko  to  ho  notified  to  that  of 
-'.Aa-  ^rnAftrstn^.-  this-  will"  also  affeot  shelves 

ovvm^. -c»o  luuIS'Chsst'*  /.  i--—- — - 

-c.  completed,  large  enough  to  hold  six  cabinets  a 

“  piece,  arur-ohe" set  of  shelves  holding  ten  large  castB. 


'  we  have  a  .design  oompleted  for  metal  drawers  ana  frame 
weiKhlnK  about  20  lbs.  and  I  will  turn  the  drawings  over  to  Lr. 
Bliss  for  building  an  experimental  model.  This  construction  Ib 
.  ±  H<ion+inai  with  the  present  woodon  oonBtruotion,  and  should 

SHost  over  §.00  a  pieo£  Hr.  Rodfearn  as  yet  has  not  figured 
on  this. 

H.  Burdick 



March  20,  1912. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

I  encloee  reports  from  the  following  persons, 


Mr.  Bliss  about  Ford  starter, 

Mr.  Smith  about  battery  tests, 

Mr.  Warner  about  educational  pictures, 

Mr.  Bee  -  about  battery  sales. 

Aiken  reports  as  to  transfers  with  paper  beneath  that  he 
has  taken  5,  and  after  subjecting  them  to  43°  below  zero  they 
were  all  right.  He  then  subjected  them  to  140°  of  heat  and  one 
blistered  a  little.  He  is  going  to  put  10  more  through  and  will 
report  on  them  later.  Aiken  also  says  that  good  progress  is 
being  made  with  the  manufacturing  plant  and  he  is  making  satis¬ 
factory  headway. 

Mr.  Philnot  reports  that  the  steam  fitter  is  at  work  put¬ 
ting  in  the  main  steam  pipes  and  trunks  and  promises  completion 
of  the  work  next  Monday,  after  which  Mr.  Philpot  will  put  in 
his  connections.  The  benches  are  ready  to  be  put  up  when  this 
work  is  done.  The  job  is  being  pushed  forward  as  rapidly  as 
possible.  The  small  air  compressor  which  was  ordered  before 
you  went  away  has  not  yet  been  delivered,  but  Mr.  Philpot  is 
urging  its  delivery.  Anderson  says  that  progress  is  being  made 

Mr.  Edison  -  3 

in  his  part  of  the  work  for  this  plant,  and  nothing  has  occunred 
to  cause  any  undue  delay. 

Dr.  Goldstein  says  he  expected  to  be  ready  to  make  a 
report  today,  but  wants  to  make  a  few  more  experiments  first  and 
will  report  about  Friday. 

Small  Pi so  Machine:  Harper  haB  another  casting  for  the  top 
plate  of  the  metal  cabinet.  It  is  being  planed  and  by  Friday 
he  hopes  to  have  a  sample  top  pressed  out.  We  will  send  you 
photo.  He  has  found  a  press  in  building  10  that  is  better  adapt¬ 
ed  for  the  pressing.  The  motor  casting  patterns  are  nearly  ready, 
I  saw  them  in  the  shop  today.  The  moulds  for  concrete  cabinet, 
except  the  top,  are  nearly  complete,  and  Louis  Ott  expects  to 
make  a  casting  in  conorete  this  week.  All  the  work  on  this  small 
disc  machine  is  going  ahead  without  delay. 

Peter  Weber;  He  informs  me  that  he  has  been  reorganizing 
his  force  and  doing  a  great  deal  of  preliminary  work  which  will 
all  show  up  later  in  expeditious  manufacturing. 

Educational  Pictures:  Dinwiddie  had  a  letter  from  Prof. 

R.  W.  Willson,  the  head  of  Astronomy  Dept,  at  Harvard  University, 
asking  Dinwiddie  to  go  and  hear  Prof.  Archenhold  lecture,  and  also 
to  meet  him  as  he  had  been  out  at  the  Laboratory  to  try  and  see 
you.  Prof.  Archenhold  is  the  man  who  erected  the  observatory  at 
Treplow,  near  Berlin,  and  is  engaged,  as  Director  of  that  Observa¬ 
tory,  in  popularising  astronomy  and  allied  subjects.  He  designed 
his  novel  form  of  telescope  and  built  the  observatory  at  Treplow 
by  popular  subscription.  Dinwiddie  saw  him  after  the  lecture  and 

Mr.  Edison  -  3 

had  a  talk  about  eduoational  films.  He  is  very  enthusiastic  on 
the  subject,  and  offered  to  place  an  order  for  astronomical  pic¬ 
tures  to  the  extent  of  3,000  marks.  He-was  going  back  to  Berlin 
today,  and  of  course,  nothing  could  be  done.  He  said,  however, 
that  if  you  will  send  to  him  in  Germany  the  first  of  these  pic¬ 
tures  that  you  make  he  will  invite  the  Emperor  to  see  them.  He 
thinks  thiB  would  promote  good  feeling  between  the  countries  and 
give  the  films  the  best  advertisement  they  could  have  in  Germany. 
Prof.  Archenhold  and  his  wife  saw  you  at  the  Laboratory  several 
years  ago,  and  was  sorry  you  did  not  call  to  have  a  look  at  the 
Observatory  when  you  were  in  Germany  last  summer. 

Visitors;  Speaking  of  Germany  reminds  me  that  soon  after 
your  return  you  will  probably  have  a  visit  from  Mr.  Von  Mueller 
and  Mr.  Diesel,  the  inventor  of  the  Diesel  engine,  who  are  coming 
over  to  America  in  April. 

Dally  says  he  expects  to  make  report  to  you  on  Friday. 

Hew  speaker  for  Cylinder:  Moore  has  been  making  progress 
on  this.  I  have  just  been  dpstairs  to  hear  it  on  some  cylinders, 
and  in  my  judgment  it  is  very  good.  The  quality  is  much  better, 
in  fact,  it  is  more  like  your  new  diso  machine.  In  trying  the 
old  and  the  new  reproducers  on  the  same  cylinder  records  the  new 
is  clearer  and  sweeter  and  there  seems  to  be  less  interference. 
There  is  not  as  much  volume  as  with  the  old  type  of  reproducer, 
but  Moore  thinks  he  can  get  that  also. 

Mr.  Edison  -  4. 

German  Silver  Plates:  Moore  says  they  are  going  on 
making  transfers  from  the  German  Silver  plateB,  and  they  are 
all  coming  out  fine. 

I  shall  expect  to  send  you  some  further  reports  Friday. 
Very  truly  yours, 


March  20th,  1912 

Mr.  W.  H.  Keadoworoft:- 

Ref erring  to  the  progress  of  the  Ford  starting  ana 
lighting  equipment,  our  last  teat  has  been  made  with  five  oells 
size  B-4.  With  this  battery  wo  have  nade  over  47.B  revolutions 
of  the  engine,  starting  the  engine  throughout  this  run  with  one 
revolution  or  less  of  the  crankshaft,  ana  at  the  end  of  47B  turns 
there  was  still  sufficient  energy  to  start  the  engine  within  two 
or  three  revolutions  of  tlie  crankshaft* 

Ehe  only  way  to  tost  the  dynamo  practioal  ly  will  he 
to  find  the  minimum  daily  run  that  will  keep  the  battery  charged 
sufficiently  for  ignite  on. starting  and  lighting,  allowing  us  two 
•  hours  per  day  for  continuous  lighting.  Wo  are  makine  this  test 

We  aspect  a  representative  of  the  Ford  Co. ,  or  possi¬ 
bly  Mr.  Fora  himself,  the  first  of  next  week. 




March  20th,  1912. 

Memo  to  Mr.  Bdison: 

BISMUTH  0ML1  which  had  50  hot  runs. 

Have  already  reported  output  on  overcharge. 
On  7  hour  charge  yields  160  to  .9V. 


162  on  normal  charge,  75th  run 
Overcharge  output  previously  reported 

003 ALT 

Cell  containing  plates  which  you  treated  in  chemical 

“  3CThr.  charge  at  20  amperes 
185  to  1.  V.  204  to  .5  V. 

2nd  run 

r5”hr.  charge  at  30  amperes 
165  to  l.V.  195  to  .5  V. 

Seems  pretty  good,  hut  too  early  to  tell  much  about  it 

C  8  COIBAIiT'  CELIiS  after  175  runs 

Tho  two  cells  yiold  an  average  of  175  on  normal 
charge;  this  means  an  efficiency  of  about  85$. 
On  overcharge  they  give  average  of  210  to  l.V. 
and  218  to  .5  V. 

These  cells  look  pretty  good. 



March  37th,  191P. 


Mr.  Edison: - 

During  the  past  week  I  have  obtained  three  pictures 
which  I  thought  necessary  to  complete  a  1000  film.  These  picturos 
show  a  hoy  in  his  kitchen  performing  experiments  in  crystallization. 
He  makes  three  different  experiments  showing  crytals  formed  hy 
evaporation,  hy  cooling  and  hy  electrolysis. 

These  pictures  I  had  made  Athe  Bronx  Studio  so  that 
I  could  get  the  kitchen  scene,  and  Yale  3oss  performed  the 

I  have  also  made  a  number  of  experiments  for  the 
purpose  of  obtaining  data  for  future  subjects.  I  will  he  moved 
to  the  Galvanometer  Hoora  ®  me  time  this  week. 

Very  respectfully. 

S.  G.  Warner. 


February  21, ,1912. 

Mr.  Edison: 

The  following  is  the  substance  of  an  oral  report  made  to¬ 
day  by  Mr.  Farrell's  Department. 

The  Manufacturing  Department  asserts  that  it  will 
have  1,000  machines  in  stock  by  April  1st,  or  a 
few  days  later,  and  thereafter  will  manufacture 
250  machines  per  week.  Thoy  say  they  can  raise 
this  number  to  500  per  week  as  soon  as  it  is 
necessary,  but' ;t  will  probably  not  be  necessary 
until  our  film  production  i3  increased. 

The  film  production  is  at  present  behind  the 
schedule  owing  to  the  delay  in  installing  the 
third  printer.  This  is  promised  two  weeks  hence. 

It  was  originally  expected  on  the  ISth  of  this 
month.  The  fourth  printer,  which  was  promised 
for  March  24th,  will, probably  be  correspondingly 
late.  .  7/e  have  on  hand  as  of  the  19th 

.  6$,G75  feet  of  film.  The  amount  required  for  the 
first  thousand  machines  is  80,000  feet.  The 
scheduled  capacity  of  film  production  with  present 
eoxiipaent  is  11,000  feet  per  week,  so  that  it  appears 
that  we  will  have  sufficient  film  for  the  first 
thousand  machines  by  the  time  they  are  completed. 

Film  Cans  in  sufficient  are  promised 
by  the  American  Can  Company  by  April  5th. 

Lantern  Glide  Boxes  in  desired  quantities  are 
promised  by  the  1st  of  April. 

Approval  of  Acetylene  Burner  by  Dr.  Grcon  is 
expected  this  week. 

Mr.  Call  has  approved  all  of  tho  demonstrators  and  thoy 
started  out  on  the  18th.  Their  equipment  iB  complete  except 

(1)  Burner  for  Acetylene  lighting  Equipment .which 
will'  be  supplied  this  -week. 

(2)  Steel  Carrying-casea,  which  will  be  supplied 
this  week. 

f 3 )  220  volt  equipment,  which  is  not  yet  decided  upon. 


(4)  She  large  screen,  which  will  not  he  ready 

for  sometime.  Each  man  has  a  3  x  3|  ocrocn. 

Complete  data  for  Instruction  :>heet  not  yet  at  hand,  hut  is 
promised  for  Friday  the  23rd.  i 


March  21st ,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison: - 

Could  not  absorb  enough  oxygen  with  Ferrous  Sulphate 
in  a  tower  filled  with  coke. 

I  made  a  run  yesterday  with  coke  in  an  iron  pipe 
heated  to  about  1500°  F.  and  blew  air  through;  purifying  by 
passing  first  through  three  bottles  containing  Bichromate  of 
potash  dissolved  in  dilute- H2  -80*.  w&cbr^xidizes  tho  Hydrocarbons 
to  C02  which  is  absorbed  in  the  next  four  bottles  of  Ha  OH,  then 
passing  through  a  column  of  Calium  Chloride  to  dry  it,  which  X 
tested  after  five  hours'  run  with  Barium  Hydroxide  which  is  a 
very  delicate  test  for  C  0  2,  but  could  not  find  a  trace. 

Dr.  Goldstine  teBted  it  for  oxygen  with  a  special 
apparatus  for  oxygen  and  found  only  one-half  of  one  per  cent. 

I  will  send  you  a  sample  of  the  reduced  iron  oxide 
by  mail  marked  Ho.  6  I  will  have  some  of  same  iron  to  run  on 
test  marked  Ho.  5,  also  some  of  same  iron  with  6 $  Mercury  Oxide 
^  '  put  on  test  marked  Ho.  6. 

I  will  make  a  few  more  reductions  in  same  way, 
except  different  temp,  while  reducing;  also  try  the  stunts  you 
mentioned  in  your  letter  which  I  received  to-aay. 


March  22nd,  1912. 

Dear  Mr. 


You  will  fin a  encloses  herewith 
Dr.  Goldstein 
Louis  Ott 

Billy  Bee  as  to  sales. 


reports  as  follows: 


I  have  been  up  to  see  Hr.  Philpott,  ana  he  says 
that  things  are  moving  along  satisfactorily  ana  real  progress 
is  being  made.  He  showed  me  his  new  place  on  the  fifth  floor 
of  BuilSing  24.  It  is  a  hive  of  inaustry  just  now.  The  steam 
fitters  are  getting  the  mains  in.  Many  of  the  benches  are 
finishes  ana  the  remainder  are  in  progress.  Mr.  Philpott  is 
making  up  records  for  the  Committee,  ana  many  have  been  selected 
for  which  the  moulds  are  in  the  vaults  ready  to  work  upon  and 
turn  out  stock  as  soon  as  the  equipment  is  finished.  This  work 
is  going  on  steaaily  Say  by  day,  and  so  far  quite  a  respectable 
stock  of  working  moulds  is  ready.  The  new  record-making  rooms 
on  the  5th  floor  look  bright,  clear,  airy  and  cheerful. 

WURTH  tells  me  he  has  nothing  particular  to  report  except 
that  the  German  silver  transfers  are  uniformly  turning  out 
fine  and  that  regular  work  is  progressing  very  favorably.  He 
also  says  that  he  is  constantly  pushing  the  apparatus  for  the 
gold  plating  process,  and,  so  far,  nothing  has  occurred  to  make 
any  unlooked  for  delay.  The  castings  for  the  apparatus  are  ready. 

AIKEH  also  has  nothing  Bp  ecial  to  report  today.  He  says  that 
good  progress  is  being  made  in  his  work  and  everything  going  along 




smat.T.  TiTSO  MACHINE 

Harper  says  he  has  obtained  an  impression  of  the 
top  for  the  metal  cabinet  ana  it  is  very  good.  This  is  from 
the  second  male  die.  He  is  no w  going  ahead  with  patterns  for 
dies  for  the  bottom,  ana  will  make  them  for  the  sides.  He  is 
yery  sure  now  that  he  can  make  a  first  class  metal  cabinet. 

The  patterns  for  motor  casings  ana  for  frame  to  hoia  the  platen 

are  going  to  the  foundry.  As  you  will  see  by  Ott's  report, 

the  heavy  rain  spoiled  the  Keene's  cement,  but  more  has  been  sent 

for,  and  Harper  and  I.  Ott  expect  to  make  a  cement  casting  of 

the  cabinet  tonight.  We  will  send  you  photo  when  it  has  properly  set. 


I  learned  this  morning  that  one  of  these  was  shipped 
to  Chicago  and  returned  here  without  having  been  opened.  When  the 
casing  was  taken  off  in  the  works  the  top  was  found  to  be  cracked. 
Holderness  says  this  must  have  been  badly  packed,  or  else  the  case 
has  had  a  very  heavy  blow,  for  he  tested  this  particular  cover 
before  it  was  assembled.  He  and  Mr.  Dyer  and  Durand  stood  on  it 
on  the  floor  of  the  shop  and  it  was  all  right  then.  Another  cabinet 
has  been  packed  and  sent  off  over  the  same  route.  I  am  sending 
you  a  photograph  of  the  one  that  came  back  cracked. 

EMM  expected  to  send  a  report  to-day,  but  he  wants  to  include  some 
further  experiments  which  will  take  it  over  to  Monday. 


Winter  has  been  hack  with  us  the  last  two  Says.  We 
have  had  snow,  hail  and  rain  anfl  low  temperature.  Sleighs  were 
out  again  last  night  ana  this  morning. 

I  trust  you  have  haa  some  gooa  fishing  Bince  you 
arrivea  at  Port  Myers,  ana  also  that  your  vacation  is  of  great 
benefit  to  you. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Mar  oh22nd ,  1912. 

Mr.  5.  A.  Edison:- 

Acoording  to  your  advices  I  am  working  with  1.  Ott 
on  nickel  hydrate  and  with  Dalhy  on  Iron,  and  we  send  you  reports 
about  the  progress  in  our  experiments. 

Owing  to  the  chemist  in  the  Phonograph  Works  being 
sick  I  have  more  analytical  work  to  do,  the  results  you  will 
fina  in  my  book  of  analysis. 

I  am  also  making  different  analysis  for  Mr.  J.  Miller 

of  Silver  lake. 

Yours  respectfully, 
J.  Goldstein. 


March.  22nd,  1912 

Mr.  T .  A.  Edison:- 
Dear  Sir 

Herewith  please  f 'nd  a  report  upon  the  niokel  hydrate 
process  as  you  wished  to  have  it  carried  out.  All  nicfcel  mush 
was  made  up  of  solutions  in  the  following  proportions: 

Hiokel  Suplhate  27$  Sp.  G.  1.335  ©  20°  0  690  Grams 

Sodium  Hydroxide  20$  Sp.  G.  1,220  ©  20°  C  ^_|20_grams 
Total  weight 

pry  Hydrate  which  this  quantity  gives  110  grams 

Quantity  of  Ha  2  SO  4  t  H20  =  lloO  grams 

This  mush  was  tried  in  the  small  filter  press,  using  various 
cloths  such  as  linen  (thinking  that  hy  repeated  pumping 
the  pores  would  clog  up)toweling,  S.B.  Filter  Cloth,  falter 
cloth  from  Mr.  Dodd,  felt  l/4",  felt  l/8”. 
in  all  these  cases  I  found  that  the  cake  was  hard  at  the 
surface  and  mushy  in  the  center.  The  bottom  cake  being  a  l/8" 
cake  was  the  hardest,  while  the  other  l/4"  cakes  became  softer 
as  they  were  further  away  fro*  the  bottom  this  would  not  insure 
an  even  result,  because  the  cakes  are  kept  separate  in  the 
drying  oven;  and  one  would  contain  more  moisture  than  the  other. 
However,  I  have  made  two  batches  in  which  the  cakes  have  been 
fairly  even.  In  the  one  case  I  pumped  off  approximately  645 
grams  of  sulphate  liquor.  Out  of  a  double  batch,  that  is  double 
the  quantity  of  substance  was  used.  In  the  other  case  with  690 
Hi  SO  4  +  S20  Ha  OH  I  pumped  out  520  GramB  sulphate  liquor. 



A  good  deal  of  the  mush  remains  in  the  air  receiver  of  the  pump. 
Some  of  the  mush,  about  20  grams,  squeezes  through  the  cloths 
sometimes,  therefore  it  is  hard  to  give  an  accurate  result. 

I  have,  however,  done  the  following,  which  will  give  us  accurate 
results,  so  that  we  can  find  the  limit  to  which  we  can  go  in  the 
extraction  of  the  sulphate  liquor.  Below  please  note  sketch: 

I  put  the  mush  in  a  hag.  tie  a  cord  around  it.  then  it  can  he 
fastened  to  the  clamps  and  wrung  hy  turning  the  handle,  the 
sulphate  liquor  comes  out  fine  and  clear  and  every  particle  of 
material  is  saved,  the  liquid  runs  in  the  trough  do™  the  pipe 
and  into  the  heaker  where  it  is  weighed;  in  this  way  X  have  made 
the  following  samples,  which  are  in  the  drying  oven.  As  there 
are  1100  g  Sulphate  of  soda  water  in  each  hatch  of  690  Hi 
SO  4  -I-  S20  Ha  OH  as  desorihed  previous,  the  hatches  are 
110  g  Sulphate  Sol  or  10? 

220  g  "  "  "  20$ 

330  g  "  •  *  30£ 

440  g  "  "  "  40$ 

One  more  sample  with  490  g  Sol  -  44.5?,  Bag  hurst 
I  will,  however,  use  another  hag  this  morning  and  endeavor  to 
reach  60?. 




The  mould  for  the  cabinet  was  finished  tonight 
and  I  was  going  to  pour  it  after  6  o'clock  so  that  it  would  get 
more  chance  to  set.  I  found  that  the  three  hags  of  Keens' 
cement  which  were  in  the  Gold  Building  were  hard  as  a  rock. 

We  had  a  very  heavy  rain  which  flooded  cellars  and  did  consider¬ 
able  damage;  the  roof  leaked  and  spoiled  the  cement.  I  shall 
have  another  two  bag  to-morrow  morning,  so  we  can  pour  it  to¬ 
morrow  night. 

Yours  respectfully 
Ludwig  Ott 
J.  Goldstein 


‘vV  %A  4 




Orange ,  N..T.,  March  25,  1913. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:- 

Encloaed  you  will  find  the  following 


Burdick,  on  Cement  Cabinets, 
Dinwiddie,  on  Eduoational  Pictures, 
Warner,  on  "  " 

Bliss,  as  to  Ford  Starter, 
Christensen,  as  to  electrolyte. 
Storage  Battery  and  Cement  figures, 
Billy  Bee's  report  of  sales, 
Maxwell,  as  to  Home  Machine, 

Smith,  as  to  Battery  Teats. 

House  Lighting  Regulator:  Mr.  Bachman  informs  me 
that  he  is  Starting  this  in  operation  on  the  house  plant  to¬ 
day,  and  has  told  Charlie  Poyer  to  keep  track  of  it  day  and 
night.  We  will  probably  have  a  report  to  send  to  you  on 

Mr.  Bliss  says  he  has  another  of  these  regulator s 
ready  for  shipment,  and  two  more  are  being  constructed. 

Small  Disc  Machine:  Harper  reports  that  he  has  cast 
one  of  the  cabinets  in  Keene's  cement  and  it  came  out  beauti¬ 
fully.  I  have  seen  it  and  it  looks  fine.  The  lines  are  clear 


Mr .  Edison 


out,  and  it  presents  a  pleasing  appearanoe.  Harper  says  he 
need  33  pounds  of  cement  and  a  pail  of  water.  He  poured  from 
the  bottom  and  kept  stirring  all  the  time  and  then  turned  it 
over  and  let  it  set  39  hours.  You  will  find  a  photograph  en¬ 
closed.  The  screws  on  the  top  are  anchored  in  the  cement.  The 
lower  ends  are  hammered  flat  and  a  slot  is  cut  in  so  as  to  en¬ 
gage  with  the  cement.  In  the  next  one  that  he  caets  he  will 
insert  threaded  tubes  so  that  the  screws  can  be  inserted  after¬ 
wards.  He  will  also  insert  into  the  next  one  metallic  pieces 
at  the  bottom  so  that  feet  may  be  screwed  therein.  He  will 
also  mold  the  next  one  with  a  hole  for  the  winding  crank.  There 
is  no  reinforcement  in  this  present  casting. 

Harper  also  says  that  the  patterns  for  dies  for 
bottom  of  metal  cabinet  are  now  started.  When  these  are  done 
he  will  start  the  mould  for  the  top  and  front  of  cement  cabinet, 
and  then  patterns  for  dies  for  sides  of  metal  cabinet,  and  in 
this  way  keep  all  work  in  progress.  He  has  received  the  motor 
castings,  and  is  going  to  work  on  them  today. 

Mr.  Wurth  reports  that  he  is  still  getting  fine 
results  from  the  German  silver  tfansfers;  and  his  work  on  mas¬ 
ters  is  holding  up  good.  He  is  pushing  every  day  on  the  gold 
plating  process. 

Pisrman  has  been  trying  a  series  of  piano-recording 
experiments  with  persistent  vibrators,  and  is  pleased  with  the 
results,  which  he  considers  encouraging.  These  records  have 
been  made  without  horns,  and  on  reproduction  the  piano  tones 

Mr.  Edison  _3_ 

oome  out  with  much  of  their  natural  purity,  although  not  loud 
enough.  He  has  made  a  number  of  persistent  vibrators  with  paper 
stretched  over  frames  of  wood,  and  inserted  a  metallic  tube  to 
which  he  attaches  a  rubber  tube  which  goes  to  the  recorder.  The 
vibrator  is  placed  on  the  iron  frame  inside  the  piano.  He  is 
saving  all  these  reoords  with  data  for  you. 

Visit  of  Von  Miller  &  Diesel:  I  wrote  to  you  a  few 
days  ago  that  these  two  gentlemen  expected  to  call  on  you  in 
April.  Since  then,  Harry  Miller  asked  me  if  I  know  anything 
about  the  enclosed  letter  from  Bergmann.  I  told  him  I  had  al¬ 
ready  written  to  you  on  the  matter  and  obtained  the  letter  from 
him  to  forward  to  you  for  your  information. 

Ford  Starter:  Mr.  Henry  Ford  is  here  today  and  is 
with  Mr.  Bliss  and  Billy  Bee.  I  suppose  there  will  be  a  more 
detailed  report  later,  but  Billy  just  told  me  that  Mr.  Ford  is 
greatly  pleased  with  the  arrangement. 

German  Silver  Platest  Moore  reports  that  the  trans¬ 
fers  are  coming  fine,  and  he  is  ordering  more  for  Mr.  Aiken's 
work.  As  to  cleaning  the  plates,  Moore  says  he  has  given  them 
a  severe  trial.  He  made  eight  trials,  and  in  each  caBe  left 
the  plates  in  the  cyanide  5  minutes  and  in  the  caustic  soda 
15  minutes.  After  the  eighth  trial  there  was  a  slight  discol¬ 
oration,  easily  buffed  off.  There  is  electrolytic  action  in 
both  baths.  In  the  cyanide  jg-  volt,  and  in  the  caustic  soda 

Ur.  Edison  -4- 

volt,  measured.  The  transfers  taken  off  Friday  and  Sat¬ 
urday,  (6  for  Wurth,  and  3  for  Aiken)  all  came  out  fine. 

Moore  has  Just  come  in  to  say  that  the  cyanide  and 
caustic  soda  baths  are  in  galvanised  iron  tanks  and  the  plates 
were  stood  in  on  the  bottom  and  touching  the  side,  which  caused 
the  electrolytic  action.  They  have  now  gotten  away  from  that 
by  suspending  the  plateB  in  the  solution. 

Hew  Cylinder  reproducer:  Moore  has  still  further 
improved  the  reproducer  so  as. to  improve  the  quality  still  more. 
He  ha 8  also  obtained  more  volume.  I  have  just  heard  it  on  two 
records  up  stairs,  one  of  them  a  violin  solo  by  Spalding,  and 
X  think  it  runs  a  very  close  second  to  the  disc.  It  may  be  a 
little  fool  suggestion  on  my  part,  but  I  cannot  help  wondering 
why  the  same  principle  could  not  be  applied  to  the  recorder. 

Ford  Starter:  Mr.  Bliss  has  just  been  in  and  says 
that  Mr.  Ford  is  very  highly  pleased  with  the  starter  equipment 
and  wants  us  to  send  him  a  motor  such  as  we  use,  in  order  that 
he  can  equip  a  vehicle.  Mr.  Bliss  says  that  so  far  as  he  can 
judge,  Mr.  Ford  seems  to  have  made  up  his  mind  to  use  the  equip¬ 
ment.  The  motor  will  be  sent  to  Mr.  Ford. 

Our  Wagon:  Mr.  Bliss  says  that  he  weather  has  been 
so  bad  that  he  did  not  start  on  the  watts  per  ton  road  teBt,  but 
thinks  it  may  be  commenced  very  soon. 

With  all  good  wishes,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Mr.  Edison  -5- 

P.S.  Moore  has  just  come  in  to  say  that  he  has  just 
found  out  that  the  varniBh  can  be  removed  from  the  German  Silver 
with  ordinary  potash  such  as  is  used  in  the  nickel  plating  room. 


3ATPR3AY.  liARCH  23rd.  1912 



The  carpenters  have  completed  frame  and  shelves  to 
hold  the  moulds  v/hilo  on  the  oar.  I  find,  however,  that  the 
largo  moulds  aro  too  honvy  for  two  men  to  handle,  no  will  have 
to  huild  either  a.  oradle  to  slide  in  shelves  on  rollers  or  put 
casters  on  the  moulds.  I  have  consulted  our  Mr.  lioldernoss  on 
the  latter  method,  and  he  thinks  that  casters  on  the  moulds 
would  he  unsatisfactory.  She  carpenters  aro  mating  one  cradle 
fitted  with  casters  for  experimental  purposes. 


1  have  seasoning  shelves  enough  completed  to  hold 
30  large  caste  at  one  time.  This  is  all  I  think  we  Bhotild 
finish  at  the  present  time,  due  to  the  proposed  new  mixture . 

The  construction  of  these  shelves  is  ns  follows: 

Framework  huilt  up  of  2"  X  4"  wood on  strips 

Shelves  made  of  7/fl"  cross  strips  covered  with  galvanized 
iron,  cross  strips  sorawed  on  galvanized  iron  and  planed  off  so  as  to 
present  a  flat  true  surface  for  laying  the  green  cast  on. 

All  exposed  wood  is  covered  with  a  waterproof  paint  to 
prevent  warping. 

Shelves  are  piped  at  the  front  side,  sprays  being  screwed 
into  said  pipe  and  so  looated  as  to  throw  a  spray  of  water  over 
entire  shelf. 

This  construction  has  been  tosted  and  I  believe  will 
operate  satisfactorily. 


I  have  two  ovens,  combination  seasoning  and  steaming, 
completed  up  to  date.  These  are  oapablo  of  holding  12  complete 
cabinets,  and  1  do  not  recommend  building  any  more  for  the  present. 

These  are  made  of  wood  and  lined  with  galvanized  iron. 

The  sprays,  same  as  for  shelves,  are  placed  at  the  top  of  oven, 
valve  operated  outside.  The  Btenm  1b  brought  in  at  the  bottom 
of  the  oven,  and  the  valve  is  operated  from  the  outside. 

These  have  been  tried  and  proved  satiBfnotory. 



HOTS  —  The  above  npraya  are  made  at  the  Phonograph  17  or  ha  and 
coat  hut  a  few  centB  a  piece* 


Ab  per  instructions  of  Hr.  Bliss  I  inspected  a  uBod 
mixer  at  the  Abbey  Brooks  Co.  of  Newark.  I  found  this  machine  had  been 
in  actual  use  about  one  week  and  wbb  in  good  oondition.  It  is 
made  by  the  Snell  Mfg .  Co.,  capacity  4  cu.  ft.,  hand  operated, 
ana  is  the  tipping  type  of  mixer.  While  thiB  is  a  hand  machine, 
yet  it  can  be  belted  to  a  motor.  The  prloeof  this  ia  $40. 00; 
n  new  one  coating  ;}75.00. 

I  have  notified  our  Hr.  boat!  ing  to  place  the  order, 
ub  this  machine  will  prove  satisfactory  for  the  present. 

The  cabinet  shipped  to  Chicago  has  boon  returned. 

I  am  sorry  to  report  that  the  baok  of  cover  and  back  of  cabinet 
adjacent  to. cover  hinge  wore  pretty  well  crooked.  This  is  aue, 

I  believe,  to  strains,  duo  to  unloading,  not  being  distributed 
over  ontire  cover.  The  cabinet  was  packed  with  the  oover  close 
to  top  of  packing  ease. 

We  have  sent  another  over  the  same  route,  hut  re¬ 
versing  the  cabinet  in  the  case,  bring  the  oover  toward  the 
end  of  case  containing  the  machine  compartment.  .  This,  I  believe, 
will  distribute  the  load  over  the  entire  oover. 

H.  Burdick 




Mr.  Edison:- 

We  have  a  satisfactory  photograph  of  the  force  pump. 
All  of  the  difficulties  seem  to  have  been  solved  on  the  glass 
pumps  now.  Glucose  added  to  the  water  makes  the  valves  open 
wide  when  the  pump  is  operated  very  slowly.  Silicate  of  soda 
holds  the  glass  plates  together  very  strong,  hut  water  soaks 
them  apart  in  a  few  minutes.  .  We  protect  the  silicate  of  soda 
by  a  very  small  fillet  of  beeswax  and  rosin,  and  use  beeswax 
and  resin  to  cement  the  valves  in  place.  The  beeswax  and  rosin 
is  first  squirted  in  a  fine  thread  ana  the  thread  is  laid  along 
the  Joint  ana  warmed  up  with  a  heated  rod. 

The  glass  model  of  steam  engine  is  complete  and 
we  have  tried  the  sal  ammoniac  fumes  in  it. 

The  models  of  cog  wheels  etc.  have  been  sawed  out 
but  require  some  filling  to  make  them  good  enough. 

We  hope  to  finish  the  photographs  of  the  transparent 
models  this  week.  We  make  them  aown  at  Hr.  Thompson's  with  his 
Cooper-IIewitt  lights.  The  other  models  will  be  photographed 
in  Room  17  with  arc  lights. 

Very  respectfully, 

W.  W.  Dinwiddle 

March  24,  1912 


March  25th,  1912 


Mr.  Edison:- 

I  have  now  put  everything  for  the  completion 
of  about  1000  feet  of  film  on  Crystallization  in  the  hands  of 
the  Film  Plant,  and  this  film  should  now  he  ready  for  the 
market  very  shortly. 

I  am  working  on  another  film  on  the  same  subject 
to  supplement  the  above. 

I  have  moved  all  of  my  apparatus  to  the  Galvanometi 

Room  and  set  it  up.  My  n ew  apparatus  is  not  quite  yet  ready, 

but  there  is  a  number  of  things  I  can  a®  with  that  which  X 

now  have,  so  there  is  no  need  to  lose  any  time. 

Very  respectfully, 

S.  0.  Warner 


K w  oh  18th,  1912. 

TEST  or  fig ARTIItO  I'oynR 

Ilo  of  Cells  Five  B-4 

Average  number  of  turns  to  start  l/fi  turn 

Average  Voltage  7  vplts 

Average  Currant  40  amperes 

Currant  when  motor  stalled  70  amperes 

Ho  started  coll  fully  charged.  The  engine  wan-  turned  over  by 
motor  continuously  for  400  revolutions  of  engine  shaft. 

Y/o  usocl  battery  for  sparking. 

At  the  151st  turn  of  ongina,  hnttory  was  switched  on  and  englno 
fired,  "e  renoatea  this  at  201nt,  251st,  276th,  301nt ,  326th, 
351st  and  376th  turn  of  engine.  At  the  401ot  turn  ongino  aia 
not  explode  and  we  continued  to  turn  engine  until  a  total  of 
425  turns  were  made.  Gas  mixture  was  too  rich  to  start.  Aftor 
freeing  the  cylinders  of  gas  by  hand  turning,  the  motor  cranked 
and  fired  the  engine  in  the  usual  half  turn. 

We  cranked  and  firod  engine  five  turns  without  any  difficulty, 
hut  on  the  6th  turn  the  driving  ohain  broke  on  account  of  olutcn 
hub  freezing  to  shaft. 

March  19th,  1912. 

Wo  turned  engine  with  the  anno  fivo  cells  in  their  discharged 
state  about  fifty  times.  During  the  la+tor  part  of  this  period 
motor  was  running  very  slow  and  finally  would  stall  on  arriving 
at  second  aonrpro salon*  l£otor  still  ■fired  the  engine  v/hen  passing 
over  the  first  compression* 

There  1b  no  doubt  that  5  cells  of  B-4  will  crank  and  fire  engine 
500  times  in  actual  running  conditions,  without  roohsrging. 


March  19th,  1912 

TOST  OM  PIV3  B-4  Cffl.bS 

Condition  of  cells  - ‘  discharged 

Colls  still  crank  and  fire  ongine 

Mileage  reading  «  365.5 

Baa  car  about  P.9  miles  charging 
cells  at  the  following  rates 

10  wiles  per  hour 

5  (*)  Amperes 

14-1/2  " 

20  " 

During  the  evening  five  lamps  aggregating  62  C were  used  for 
two  hours,  current  lined  on  lamps  was  amperes. ' 

Battery  was  discharged  through  generator  hy  accident  so  that 
engine  had  to  he  cranked  by  hand  on  the  hone  run. 

Mar  oh  20th,  1912 

Although  the  cells  were  discharged  the  previous  evening,  they 
recovered  enough  during  the  night  to  operate  the  pranking  motor 
efficiently.  The  engino  was  started  several  tines  and  then 
car  wan  token  on  the  road.  An  offort  was  node  to  recharge  the 
cells,  Kngino  sparked  on  battery,  in  faot  tho  magneto  wire 
was  disconnected  on  all  battery  tests. 

Wo  tried  to  run  the  car  at  a  maximum  of  25  miles  per  hour. 

We  seldom  went  over  26  miles  per  hour  and  under  20  mileB  per 
hour.  We  did  not  get  wuoh  response  .from  the  battery  for  the 
first  15  to  20  miles  as  tested  by  operating  tho  cranking  motor. 

After  that  tho  battery  picked  up  rapidly  and  at  tho  oloso  of 
tho  run  it  seared  well  reohnreed. 

Total  mileage  of  car  this  day  recharging  ooIIb  -  35  No  lights  used 

Karoh  21st,  1912 

We  installed  an  automatic  cutout  botwoen  generator  and  battery. 
Seems  to  operate  very  nicely.  A  number  of  short  runs  wore  made 
this  dajf  segregating  22  miles.  Ho  lights  used. 


Mar  oh  22nfl,  191?-. 

3ftttery  Operates?  ororiking  motor  on  if  it  wok  well  charged. 
Mileage  thin  flay  =15 

Uhls  ends?  the  battery  charging  tent,  bb  wo  neon  to  be  gaining 
on  the  recharging  of  coils. 


March  25th,  1912 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison:- 

I  have  a  new  method  of  making  Electrolyte  hy 
which  I  oan  save  the  evaporating  of  nearly  300  gallons  of 
water  per  day.  That  is,  if  you  approve  of  the  method. 

When  making  a  new  hatch  for  for  lioh,  which  I 
do  twice  per  day  or  three  times,  each  hatch  gets  4  or  5 
boilings.  First  boiling  gives  a  solution  of  about  4>  lioh. 

Second  boiling  gives  a  solution  of  about  3  a  lioh  and  so 
on  until  all  lioh  is  washed  out.  All  this  solution  I 
gather  together  into  the  evaoprating  pots  to  concentrate  it, 
which  is  12 #j  part  of  this  cone.  Sol.  I  use  for 
crystals,  but  the  largest  part  I  use  to  mix  with  33/a  Ke  H 
to  make  the  electrolytes  21#  KoH  +■  50  g  li  Oh  pr.  1.  and 
25#  KoH  +  15  frorn  silver  lake,  where  they 

put  solid  KoH  into  water. 

If  you  let  me  do  that,  but  instead  of  using  pure 
water,  use  the  If  Oh  Sol.  from  first  boiling  which  is  4<3 
evaporate  it  down  to  5#  a_50  gr.  pr.  1.  ,  run  it  into  a 
large  tank  to  cool,  then  add  the  right  proposition  of  Solid 
LoH  to  make  the  Electrolyte  21  +  50  and  25  +  15. 

This  will  save  us  from  evaporating  all  the  water 
v/hioh  is  afterwards  again  added  to  the  solid  KoH  to  reduce  it 
to  33#,  and  still  X  have  to  add  a  few  lites  of  water  when  making 
the  electrolyte.  The  rest  of  the  jjioH  sol.  I  use  for  crystals, 
but  that  can  be  used  over  again  every  day  by  adding  more  to 
it  after  the  crystal  crop  has  been  removed. 

It  will  save  the  carting  of  33#  from  Silver  lake 
and  we  will  not  need  to  have  so  many  drums  in  service. 

On  the  other  hand  e 
tative  Analysis  has  to  be  made  c 
at  Silver  lake  on  the  33#  KoH. 

And  we  make  now  an  alkalinity  determination  on 
each  drum  I  make,  so  I  do  not  think  there  will  be  much  difference. 
If  you  think  it  if  O.K.  It  will  only  need  a  little  more  toom 
and  several  large  tankB. 


Ch.  Christensen. 


March  25th,  19X2 

TTA-RT)  recording  blank 

Since  my  last  report  I  have  been  working  to 
eliminate  the  gas  huhhles  from  the  dope,  and  made  up  five 
different  sample  blanks  of  dope  which  contains  no  shellac;  those 
are  made  up  essentially  of  stearic  acid  and  soda  and  water  in 
various  proportions  to  produce  a  mass  that  does  not  cut  brittle 
or  mealy.  Mr.  Holland  did  not  report  favorably  for  his  use. 
Mr.  Hiam  also  reported  that  such  compounds  are  too  soft  to  use 
with  his  present  outfit.  I  will  now  make  new  blanks  of  dope 
containing  shellac. 



March  25th,  1912 

Memo  to  Mr.  Edison: 

This  cell  made  of  plates  treated  with  cobalt 
in  chemical  room  has  had  5  runs,  the  last  four  of  which  have 
been  fifteen  hour  charges.  The  capacity  to  .5V  is  about  200, 
but  to  l.V.  is  only  aborit  150.  The  voltage  is  very  low  on 
discharge.  It  is  also  low  on  charge,  the  maximum  being 
1.78  volts.  It  appears,  therefore,  that  the  low  voltage 
on  discharge  is  not  due  to  abnormal  internal  resistance. 

After  the  fifth  run  I  reversed  the  cell  for  several  hours 
at  half  normal  rate  -  this  may  effect  some  improvement. 

I  am  treating  another  set  of  plates  as  you  treated 


Our  oldest  cell,  from  which  the  standard  life 
curve  is  plotted,  yields  only  1B6.A.H.  to  l.V  on  overcharge 
after  1300  runs.  After  1200  runs  it  yielded  139  A.H.  The 
solution  in  this  cell  was  21  K+90  Li. 

The  two  cells  running  with  it  had  different  solu¬ 
tions  and  now  run  as  follows: 

21  K  +  105  Li 

21  K  +120  Li  121 


Cell,  which  was  given  125  runs  and  ®®ide 

for  two  years  and  4  months  discharged,  ha®  haSv10°  * 
since  the  stand,  and  gives  on  overcharge  176  to  l.V.  and 

194  to  .5  V.  On  7-hour  charge  it  gives  154  to  I.V. 

This  alone  ought  to  make  the  lead  fellow  anxious. 


The  cell  you  had  made  up  of  ttbeB 
inspectors  because  of  poor  loading,  insufficient  flake  in 
ends  etc.,  after  25  endurance  runs  eives  on  overcharge  n.83 
to  I.V.  and  194  to  .5  V.,  and  on  normal  charge  162  to  l.V. 
Rather  good  for  rejected  material. 

H.  H.  Smith 



Mr.  Edison: 

Three  more  jobbers' 
ing.  This  makes  four  to  date. 

contracts  received  this  morn- 
800  machines  and  64,000  feet 

rear  Mr.  Edison: - 

Enclosed  you  will  find  the  following  re¬ 

Mr.  Bee,  as  to  battery  sales, 

Mr.  Maxwell,  as  to  Horae  Machines, 

Mr.  Wilson  -  General, 

L.  Ott, 

Charlie  Poyer  -  as  to  House  Lighting  plant. 

Berggren's  weekly  report. 

Colored  Motion  Pictures:  I  had  a  talk  with  Mr. 
Powrie  coming  over  on  the  train  this  morning.  He  is  making 
progress.  He  has  succeeded  in  producing  an  emulsion  fast 
enough  to  take  4  pictures  a  second, g.nd  yesterday  ran  off  a 
few  feet  of  film  which  he  says  showed  up  satisfactorily. 

He  has  made  further  progress,  he  states,  in  being  able  to 
wash  off  the  coating  of  emulsion  and  re-coat  it  last  night. 
He  is  going  to  take  a  new  series  of  pictures  and  run  the 
film  again  within  a  few  days,  and  has  promised  that  I  may 
see  it.  Mr.  Powrie  tells  me  that  this  emulsion  means  that 
considerable  progress  has  been  made,  and  he  seems  greatly 
pleased  with  present  results. 

Aiken  reports  that  the  freezing  process  on  the  10 
plates  reported  last  week  is  still  under  way  and  that 


Christensen  has  promised  a  report  tomorrow.  Ke  also  says 
that  the  carpenter  work  on  the  disc  manufacture  is  all  com¬ 
pleted;  that  the  oven  in  building  31  is  finished,  and  that 
the  four  ovens  on  the  first  floor  are  about  65$  completed. 

He  further  says  that  the  results  of  transfers  with  German 
silver  plates  have  been  very  satisfactory  up  to  this  time. 

Al.  Wurth.  -He  has  nothing  special  to  report  today, 
except  that  progress  is  being  made  on  his  work.  He  is  try¬ 
ing  his  best  to  crowd  the  geld  plating  apparatus  to  comple¬ 

Flue  An.berol  Record.  Mr.  Philpot  states  that  the 
steam  fitters  were  unable  to  keep  their  promise  to  complete 
the  mains  last  Monday,  but  McCullough  assures  him  it  will 
be  finished  today.  There  may  be  a  little  delay  on  the 
minor  steam  fitting  aB  some  of  the  parts,  such  as  L's, 

T 1 8 ,  and  elbows  have  not  yet  been  delivered.  All  the  valves 
are  here,  and  the  carpenter  work  is  almost  complete.  The 
air  compressor  has  been  shipped,  and  is  somewhere  in  transit 
between  the  West  and  here.  It  is  being  traced.  In  the 
meantime,  the  selection  of  records  is  going  on  and  masters 
are  feeing  put  in  the  vault  to  be  ready  when  the  equipment 
is  complete. 

Wagoner:  Billy  Bee  has  been  over  to  see  Wagoner, 

who  had  no  serious  change  to  suggest  in  the  proposed  form 
of  General  Contract,  and  seemed  quite  satisfied  with  the 
letter  I  wrote  him  in  accordance  with  your  memorandum  sent 


up  here  a  few  days  ago.  Of  course,  Wagoner  will  wait  until 
your  return  to  settle  on  the  final  details  of  the  contract 
before  going  out  to  make  arrangements  with  any  stations. 

In  the  meantime,  he  has  evolved  a  new  scheme  which  he  thinks 
you  will  like  tetter.  This  is  a  plan  by  which  the  General 
Vehicle  Company  would  carry  on  the  Battery-Service  System 
themselves  by  means  of  and  through  their  agencies  in  various 
towns,  they  (the  G.  V.  Co.)  buying  all  the  batteries  them¬ 
selves.  For  instance,  suppose  they  have  an  Agency  in  Buffa¬ 
lo,  they  would  arrange  with  that  Agency  to  conduct  a  battery- 
service  system  in  Buffalo,  renting  the  batteries  only  to  ve¬ 
hicles  of  the  G.  V.  Co.  To  carry  on  this  business  the  G. 

V.  Co.  would  themselves  supply  the  Agency  with  batteries 
at  a  price  agreed  on,  the  G.  V.  Co.  buying  from  us  at  the 
special  rate  we  make  them.  This  would  mean,  of  course, 
the  sale  of  a  large  number  of  batteries  to  the  G.  V.  Co., 
and  the  form  of  guarantee  given  to  the  Hartford  Company 
would  apply.  Ho  exclusive  privileges  as  to  territory  would 
be  asked  under  this  arrangement.  Hence,  Anderson  or  any 
one  else  could  go  into  the  same  territory  and  carry  on  a 
battery-service  system  as  to  their  vehicles  under  similar 
contract  relations  with  us.  This  proposed  arrangement  seems 
to  me  to  be  more  preferable  than  the  other  one.  Territory 
is  not  tied  up,  and  the  other  truck  manufacturers  have  a  free 
and  equal  chance  in  the  same  territory.  Again,  it  allows  a 
more  rapid  extension  of  the  battery-service  system,  and  our 


chief  customer  for  batteries  therefor  (the  0.  V.  Co.)  have 
the  financial  backing  to  enable  them  to  pay  their  bills 

Mr.  Wagoner  does  not  seem  to  think  that  such  an 
arrangement  will  altogether  supersede  the  ether  exclusive 
one  with  Central  Stations,  where  it  may  be  deemed  necessary 
or  desirable  to  coi-tinue  on  the  lines  heretofore  discussed. 

I  enclose  form  of  contract  submitted  by  Mr.  Wagon¬ 
er,  and  have  attached  to  it  a  pencil  memorandum  shewing  a  com¬ 
putation  made  by  Billy  Bee  and  me  as  to  the  cost  of  batteries 
per  year  to  the  G.  V.  Co.  under  the  present  8  year  and  the 
proposed  10  year  guarantees.  The  difference  is  only  a  few 
dollars,  but  that  would  probably  turn  the  other  way  because 
under  the  10  year  guarantee  we  might  actually  receive  more 
cash  in  a  given  time,  and  in  that  case  the  interest  would 
more  than  offset  the  difference. 

Talking,  Pictures:  I  have  been  over  to  the  tent  and 
found  them  all  hard  at  work.  Mr.  Higham  says  he  is  making 
experimental  records  all  the  time  and  thinks  he  is  getting 
better  results.  The  weather  has  been  too  bad  for  taking 
pictures,  but  now  it  has  cleared  up  they  hope  to  take  one  or 
two  tomorrow. 

L.  OTT-has  come  in  to  say  that  he  will  defer  his 
report  until  Friday,  in  order  to  include  further  experiments. 

Moore  says  he  has  nothing  but  good  news  to  report 
concerning  the  German  Silver  plates.  They  are  proving  to 

be  fine  for  both  Wurth's  and  Aiken's  work.  As  to  the 
cleaning,  Moore  says  that  the  potash,  (the  old  style  brown 
potash),  seems  to  be  better  than  caustic  soda.  The  latter 
leaves  the  plates  soapy  and  takes  about  fifteen  minutes, 
but  the  potash  seems  to  crystallize  the  varnish,  which  rolls 
up  rff  the  plate  and  leaves  it  clean.  Beside,  it  only  takes 
two  or  three  minutes  to  do  the  work.  Aiken  is  going  to  try 
it  on  a  larger  -scale.  Moore  say9  he  is  making  good  progress 
with  the  reproducer  for  cylinder  records.  He  has  two  good 
ones,  and  is  now  going  to  make  two  more  to  try  and  beat  them. 

All  hands  wish  to  be  kindly  remembered  to  you,  and 
hope  you  are  enjoying  your  vacation.  Please  count  me  in. 

Yours  very  truly, 

T7m.  Meadowcrof t. 


March  27,  1912. 

Mr.  Edison: 

In  re  Home  Picture  Machine: 

She  manufacturing  department  is  confident  of  having 
a  thousand  machines  ready  between  April  let  and  April  10th. 
Machines  minus  lighting  enuipment  are  being  placed  on  the  shelves 
now,  the  idea  being  to  assemble  and  pack  the  lighting  equipment 
as  the  machines  go  out  on  order.  We  have  an  adeouate  supply 
of  the  Hernst  lighting  equipment  and  Hr.  Green  has  3ust  furnished 
the  markings  for  the  Arc  light  so  that  we  will  be  O.K.  on  the 
„rc  Lighting  Enuipment.  Dr.  Green  has  not  yet  taken  action  with 
reference  to  the  acetylene  burner  and  we  have  decided  to  turn  the 
matter  over  to  Mr.  Gall,  who  will  give  it  speedy  attention.  It 
has  also  been  practically  decided  to  put  the  inspection  of 
Hcrnst  lamps  and  lonses  under  Mr.  Gall’s  supervision. 

Upon  consideration  it  appears  that  the  screens  prepared 
in  accordance  with  Dr.  Green’s  specifications  will  be  very 
expensive  and  that  a  less  expensive  screen  may  serve  the  purpose. 
It  is  likely  that  the  latter  can  be  obtained  more  ouickly  than 
the  screen  of  Dr.  Green’s  specifications.  As  Dr.  Green  proposes 
a  considerable  absence  in  connection  with  some  work  for 
Mr.  Hutchison,  the  screen  matter  will  also  be  looked  after  by 
Mr.  Gall. 

Dr.  Green  did  not  got  around  to  the  datu  for  the 
Instruction  Shoot  and  Mr.  Gall  has  stepped  into  the  breach. 

The  Instruction  Sheet  should  he  ready  on  time. 

The  machine  manufacturing  schedule  is  boing  gradually 


increase*  fro*  250  a  woe*,  but  not  a  groat  deal  will  bo  gained 
T>y  this  until  our  film  manufacturing  capacity  is  increased, 
l'hc  third  printer  is  nov;  promised  a  week  hence. 

You  have  already  been  advised  that  four  jobbing 
connections  have  thus  far  been  made.  Others  will,  no  doubt, 
to  concluded  this  week. 

Mr.  Gall  goes  to  Chicago  next  week  to  demonstrate  the 
acetylene  equipment  to  the  national  Board  of  Fire  Underwriters 
and  also  to  follow  up  the  previous  demonstration  of  tnc  electric 
equipment  upon  which  a  decision  is  expected  in  May. 

With  reference  to  the  equipment  for  220  voltage,  we 
will  have  sample  rheostats  and  transformers  for  the  Arc  Lighting 
System  on  the  first  of  the  month.  For  the  Ilernst  Lighting 
System,  it  has  been  decided  to  connect  our  present  110  volt 
Derust  lamps  in  series  with  a  snail  resistance  to  go  on 
the  inside  of  the  lamp  house.  A  sample  is  expected  in  a 
few  days.  \ « 




Model  #1.  Have  assembled  complete  in  cabinet  a  about  ono  dozen.  _  Have 

all  parts  and  are  assembling  additional  motors  of  this  tppo, 
but  are  not  placing  any  raoro  in  oabinots,  as  it  was  found 
necessary  to  raako  a  slight  change  in  tho  arm  support  bracket . 
Castings  from  tho  now  pattern  will  be  dolivorod  this  wo ek 
and  assembling  oc  coraplote  machines  in  cnbmots  should  bo 
rosumod  next  week.  Have  about  8,000  finished  oaoinots  in 
stock  for  this  typo. 

Model  #8-  Parts  for  this  maohino  arc  now  coming  through,  but  nono 

have  as  yot  boon  assembled,  as  owing  to  change  in  arm  support 
braokot  tho  sample  maohino  has  not  yet  boon  tostod  sar 
cabinot.  llow  bracket  will  bo  finished  the  lattor  part  of 
this  week  of  the  beginning  of  next,  when,  if  test  proves 
satisfactory,  assembling  will  oommonoo.  Havo  all  raw 
material  on  hand  for  these  machines,  and  all  maohino  work 
is  going  through  as  rapidly  as  possible.  106  oabinots 
are  practioally  finished  and  work  on  balanoo  is  being 
proooedod  with. 

I.iodol  -"3. 

,  and 

Parts  for  this  machine  arc  interchangeable  with  #0, 
assembling  of  them  will  begin  as  soon  as  tho  test  c 
has  been  made.  100  cabinets  are  now  boing  mado  up  -ron 
lumber  cn  hand — additional  lumber  will  bo  received  nexu 
week  and  bo  put  through  immediately  so  that  there  will 
be  no  delay  in  tho  cabinot  ond  of  this  typo. 

Reproducers • 

All  parts  are" coming  through,  but  no  additional  ones 
have  boon  assembled  since  Mr.  Edison  loft,  as  wo  arc 
waiting  for  tho  oomplotion  of  Gorman  silver  arms  for 
reproducer  points,  a  quantity  of  which  in  now  in  Happhiro 
Popartnont  to  have  tho  diamond  points  ascomblod  in  them. 
Mr.  Vi'ebor  states  wo  will  havo  some  more  reproducers  lor 
testing  purposes  within  tho  next  wo  oh,  ond  i£  they  ucct 
out  O.xl. ,  thore  Trf.ll  ho  no  furthci*  delay  in  putting  these 
roproducors  through  in  quantity. 



March  25th,  1912 



Started  charging  the  battery  at  6  A.M.  and  charged 
until  1  o'clock  P.U.  Then  immediately  after  charge  I  started 
a  discharge  on  the  battery  of  44,  30  volt  Mazda  lamps,  and  taking 
voltage  readings  of  both  charge  and  discharge  every  half  hour. 

The  gasoline  tank  holds  3-l/2  gallons;  at  the  end 
of  the  seven  hours  charging  there  was  1  quart  left,  having  used 
3  gallons  and  1  quart;  6  gallons  of  water,  of  which  4-1/2  gallons 
were  used  after  5  hours  of  charging,  so  1-1/2  gallons  more  were 
put  in,  making  a  total  of  6  gallons.  The  cylinder  oil  cup  was 
emptied  at  the  end  of  the  4-l/B  hours  of  charging  and  was  refilled, 
and  used  one-half  of  this  at  the  end  of  seven  hours.  The  connect¬ 
ing  rod  oil  cup  was  only  filled  once  for  the  seven  hours. 

The  voltage  of  battery  before  starting  the  charging 
was  21,  and  as  soon  as  the  current  of  30  amperes  was  on  the  battery, 
the  voltage  rose  to  47.  At  the  end  of  7  hours  the  voltage  with* 

30  amperes  charge  was  52  with  charging  current  on. 

The  following  is  the  voltage  readings  of  every  l/2 
hour,  with  44  lamps  burning  —  The  voltage  before  putting  on  the 
load  was  42. 

1.00  P.  M. 

Battery  voltage  28 

4  Points  of  resistance  in  on  regulator. 

1.30  P.  M. 

Battery  voltage  29 

1  Point  of  resistance  in  on  regulator 

2.00  P.  M. 

Battery  voltage  27 

1  Point  of  resistance  in  on  regulator 

2.30  P.  M. 

Battery  voltage  29 

Regulator  arm  on  last  point  of  resistance 

3.00  P.  M. 

Battery  Voltage  27 
Regulator  resistance  all  out 

3.30  P.  M.  , 

Battery  voltage  25-1/2 



4.00  P.  II .  ,  . 

Battery  voltage  23-1/2 

4.10  P.  II. 

The  voltmeter  is  not  steady 
and  d  own . 

4.30  P.  II. 

Battery  voltage  21 

5.00  P.  II. 

Battery  voltage  20 

5.30  P.  II. 

Battery  voltage  19 

6.00  P.  II. 

Battery  voltage  13 

and  the  lamps  flicker  up 

The  voltmeter  leads  are  cut  in  the  line  after 
the  regulator  and  there  is  some  drop  in  the  wiring,  hut  a+ter 
2  hours  of  discharge,  the  actual  voltage  directly  rotobb  the 
battery  is  28,  and  at  the  end  of  5  hours  discharge,  the  actual 
voltage  across  the  battery  was  14  volts. 

It  may  be  that  after  such  a  complete  charge  and 
discharge  for  3  days  the  battery  will  show  bettor  results. 

C.A.  Poyer 

going  to  duplicate  same  test  for  3  days 


March  26th,  1912 


im  RDi''on  rtoraok  b-ttf.ry  co.  hoiisb 

Ihlu  Is  the  second  tost  on  the  system.  In  seven  hours 
of  charging,  the  engine  used  3  gallons  of  gasoline,  5-1/2  gallons 
of  water,  ana  l/?.  pint  of  cylinder  oil.  The  voltage  at  tho  be¬ 
ginning  of  charging  was  42  with  charging  current  on  ana  36  volts 
without  charging  current  on.  At  the  ena  of  7  hours  of  charging 
at  the  rate  of  30  amperes,  the  voltage  of  battery  with  charging 
current  on  was  49-1/2.  While  charging  the  battery  after  fa-1/2 
hours  of  running,  the  engine  suddenly  slowed  up  until  the  circuit 
breaker  threw  out,  ana  then  the  engine  started  up  again  and  I  put 
in  the  eirouit  breaker.  The  only  way  I  can  account  for  it,  is 
that  a  little  piece  of  sand  or  something  like  that  got  in  the 
gasoline  and  atoppea  the  carburetor,  so  that  the  gasoline  aia 
not  spray  properly  in  the  neeaie  valve. 

The  following  is  tho  discharge,  rending  every  half 
hoiir,  burning  44  ,  30  volt  Mazda  Inmps  —  Tho  voltmeter  readings 
arc  across  the  lampjf  circuit. 

1.00  P.  E. 

Voltage  of  Battery  27 

Amperes  taken  by  44  lamps  -  27 

Regulator  resistance  4  points  in 

1.30  P.  K. 

Volts  26-1/2 
Amperes  28 

Regulator  resistance  2  points  in 

2.00  ?.  M. 

Volts  30 
Amperes  29 

Regulator  resistance  1  point  in 

2.30  P.  M. 

Volts  30-1/2 
Amperes  29-1/4 

Regulator  resistance  on  last  point 

3.00  P. 

Volts  30 
Amperes  29 

Regulator  resistance  all  out 

The  voltage  aireotly  across  tho  battery  after  2  hours 
discharge  is  31  volts  compared  with  28  volts  for  yesterday. 









Volts  37 
Amperes  27-1/2 

A  slight  flicker  was  noticed  in  the  lamps,  but  did 
not  last  long. 


Volts  26 
Amperes  26 


Volts  21 
Amperes  23-1/2 



Volts  20-1/2 
Amperes  23 

The  aotual  voltage  across  battery  with  dis¬ 
charge  load'is  22-1/2  compared  with  14  for  yesterday's  test. 

The  battery  voltage  is  better  then  yesterday  and  I  am  going 
to  make  same  test  to-morrow  again,  and  expect  better  results 
than  this. 


M 1 


March  20th,  1912. 


„„  „?WIp  dpt-'T  017  CATT9F3  OP  TROUBLE 
.-TAPTTARY  API  FF,BRU?HY  19  1  2. 

Section  1.  DEFECTS  (Fault  of  E.S.B.  CgJ 

B-4  B-6  A-4  A-6  A-8  A-8H  A-12  Types 

Dl  Weld  leak 
B2  Feulty  Cnn  Stook 
D3  Con  bulged,  duo  to 
volvo  stoppage 
B4  Con  rusted 
D5  Plates  S.O.  by  oontaot 
B6  Pin  tea- 3. C.  by  Bediment 
D7  Below  reted  capacity 
B8  Corroded  con  bottom  due 
to  cutting  of  block 
D9  Miscellaneous 

(a)  Can  injured  by  3teel 

streps  of  obsolete  S. S. trey 

ft)  Cen  fused  by  loose 

sencretor  caps  falling  tic- 
tween  cells 

(c)  Faulty  cover  soldering 

(d)  Pole  fused  by  defective 

(c)  Stript  olernp  nut  thread 

(f)  Plates  loose  on  pole 

(g)  Defective  tubes  fPo.of  cells) 

(h)  Defective  pockets  "  "  " 

(ij  Row  of  pins  omitted  1 

Section  2. 

IHJUP.IKB  (Fault  of  Customer)  (11 

B-2  b-4  B-6  A -4  A-6  A-8  A-8H  A-13  Types 



Con  corroded 

Can  corroded,  plates  fused 
Can  fused  externally 
Can  exploded 
Can  dented  or  bent 
Injured  pole 

Plates  fused  (due  to  low 

Plates  corroded  by  acid 

Can  injured  by  rotating  shaft 
Can  cut  open  by  oustomer 
Cell  injured  by  shock  test 
Screw,  nail  or  tack  in  oell 
Rubber  parts  injured  by  fire, 
plates  0.7. . 

139  124 

44  46 

16  34 

6  9 

19  12 

11  2 




3  1 




2  1 





L  "2_ 


B-2  B-4  B-6  A-4  A-6  A-8  A-8H  A12  Types 

Total  number  of  colls 
m’fr'd  to  Jen.t, 


8205  17991 

12  57753  55110 



Defective' oella  re- 
turnea  2  mos.  . 



2  71  69 



Percentage  defective 



16.7  .12  .12 



Injured  cells  re¬ 
turn  e  a  S^iiPOB. 



0  239  .  294 



.  04 

.Percentage  Injured 

•  / 


C.  H.  Benediot 

Approved:  W. 


402  151417 

0  189 

0  .12 

4  '585 

1.0  .39 


the  wimrim  am 

0  ?  Y 


Winnipeg,'  Mar.  13th,  1912. 

The  Edison  Storage  Battery  Oo., 

Orange,  II .  J. 

Dear  Sirs:- 

Y/e  are  in  rooei ;.t  of  your  favor  of  the  27th.  of 
Eoby.  re  the  porformanoe  of  Edison  Storage  Batteries  on  our 
'•  Detroit  Truok.  Thin  truok  has  Been  in  use  oinoo  early 
October  and  the  batteries  have  given  every  satisfaotion. 

Wo  were  informed  that  we  would  have  trouble  in  oold 
weather  due  to  the  batteries  freezing  but  are  glad 
to  soy  we  oxporienoed  no  diffioulty  of  any  kind 

Wo  had  a  spell  of  exceedingly  oold  weather  early  in 
January,  duringwwhioh  the  theromometer  frequently  registered 
35  and  40  below  zero.  During  that  period  we  gave  the 
batteries  every  opportunity  to  freeze  up",’  deliberately 
loaving  the  truok  for  on  hour  or  two  at  a  time  in  front 
of  the  warehouse.  Tho  only  differenoo  in  the  performance 
of  the  truok  whioh  we  notioed  after  these  tests  was  that 
it  was  a  little  slower  in  getting  away  i.  e.  it  would 
have  to  run  possibly  a  block  or  two  boforo  getting 
up  to  its  speed.  Under  the  oiroumstanoes  wo  have  no 
hesitancy  whatever  in  saying  that  our  batterioB  are  eminent¬ 
ly  satisfactory. 

Yours  very  truly, 


(Signed)  B.  W.  PaterodnV 

Sooretary  -  Treasurer. 


.J.,  March  29,  1912. 

2)eav  Mr.  Edison:- 

EnclOBed  you  will  find  the  following  reports: 

H.  H.  Smith,  as  to  battery  teBts, 

Charlie  Poyer,  as  to  House  plant, 

Billy  Bee,  as  to  Battery  sales. 

U)  ■  S.  H trCCcm-"}  ,  ah  to  t3ix/ ly  , 

Home  Picture  Machines:  Our  demonstrators  gave  a 
very  successful  exhibition  to  the  press  on  Wednesday  of 
this  week,  and  it  gave  us  some  good  advertising  free.  I 
enclose  clippings  from  Times  and  Herald,  which  speak  for 

Blue  Amber ol  Record:  Mr.  Philpott  reports  that 
fair  progress  is  being  made  with  the  work  of  equipment. 

The  steam  mains  are  almost  completed,  and  the  other  parts 
are  coming  in  each  day  in  small  lots.  The  delivery  on  the 
latter,  especially  of  intermediate  connecting  parts,  is 
quits  slow  and  oc  visions  some  delay  in  pushing  the  equipment 
forward  with  the  rapidity  that  is  desirable.  However,  Mr. 
Philpott  is  "kicking"  every  day,  with  the  object  of  expedi¬ 
ting  matters.  In  the  meantime,  he  has  arranged  the  fittingB 
in  bine  systemmatioally  so  that  there  will  not  be  a  moment’s 
delay  when  the  essential  parts  arrive.  He  is  anxiously  await¬ 
ing  the  arrival  of  the  small  air  compressor  which  has  been 
in  transit  some  time.  Tracers  have  been  sent,  and  all  is 


\  if 

Mr.  Edison. 

being  done  that  san  be  done  to  expedite  its  delivery.  Every¬ 
thing  has  been  prepared  in  advance  to  put  it  into  use,  and 
when  it  arrives  there  will  be  no  delay  in  making  a  report. 

I  happened  to  meet  Mr.  Nehr  this  morning,  and  in 
speaking  of  the  hard  record,  he  told  me  that  in  use  it  seemed 
to  grow  smoother  and  lose  any  surface  sound  it  might  have 
when  new.  He  has  one  of  the  first  ones  that  Mr.  Philpott 
made  some  time  ago  of  black  celluloid,  backed  with  wax.  This 
has  been  played  3750  times,  that  is  to  say,  the  first  half 
of  it  was  played  that  number  of  times,  and  the  last  half 
was  played  only  occasionally  to  make  comparison  as  to  surface 
noise.  I  went  in  his  office  to  hear  it,  and  was  surprised 
to  hear  the  first  half  because  it  was  so  clear  and  distinct 
and  practically  free  from  sur ace  noises.  In  fact,  I  could 
not  hear  any.  But  on  playing  the  second  half,  the  surface 
was  very  perceptible,  and  the  reproduction  was  not  as  distinct 
and  was  less  agreeable  than  the  first  half.  Mr.  Nehr  told  me 
also  that  the  sapphire  began  to  show  some  signs  of  wear  on 
the  937th  time  of  playing.  It  is  possible  that  you  may  know 
of  this  experience,  but  I  have  taken  the  chance  of  relating 
it  in  case  you  had  not. 

Pierman  is  continuing  his  experiments  on  piano 
records  with  persistent  vibrators, and  thinks  he  may  be  on  the 
track  of  something  that  will  help.  He  waB  curious  to  learn 
whether  the  voice  would  also  be  recorded  in  this  way  (without 
horn)  and  I  went  upstairs  and  sung  a  song  with  carrying  tones 


in  it.  Both  piano  and  voice  recorded,  but  the  reproduction 
was  faint.  I  doubt  whether  you  could  have  heard  it,  but  I 
must  say  that  the  piano  tones  were  much  purer  and  lees 
"tin-panny"  than  when  taken  with  the  horn,  and  what  could  be 
heard  of  the  voice  was  free  from  the  horn  sounds  that  are  so 
frequently  characteristic  of  the  phonograph  reproduction. 

A1  Wurth  says  the  German  Silver  transfers  are 
working  well,  and  on  the  whole  he  feels  that  he  is  in  posi¬ 
tion  to  say  to  you  that  very  satisfactory  progress  is  being 
made  along  the  line  of  his  work.  He  is  keeping  in  touch 
with  the  making  up  of  the  apparatus  for  gold  plating  and  says 
that  if  all  promises  are  kept  he  looks  forward  to  getting  a 
test  on  it  by  the  end  of  next  week. 

Mr,  Bliss  reports  that  the  tests  on  our  wagon  are 
going  along  satisfactorily,  and  in  a  few  days  he  hopes  to 
have  some  comparative  figures. 

He  is  getting  out  the  motor  which  Mr.  Ford  ordered 
for  starter. 

He  is  also  making  up  seven  additional  house  lighting 
regulators  that  have  been  orders*  . 

The  work  on  the  first  lot  of  vibrating  rectifiers 
is  proceeding  satisfactorily. 

Moore  says  he  stij.1  has  nothing  but  good  news  about 
the  German  Silver  plates.  He  has  given  Wurth  13  and  Aiken 
half  a  dozen  up  to  the  present  time,  and  in  a  few  days  will 
give  the  latter  30  more.  He  is  also  going  to  put  in  an  order 
for  another  50. 

New  Cylinder  reproducer:  Moore  ia  at  work  making 
atill  further  reproducers  to  beat  his  previous  ones.  I  was 
upstairs  this  morning  and  heard  a  violin  solo  being^repr oduoed. 
It  was  loud,  clear  and  distinct,  and  seemed  to  me  to/fully 
equal  to  that  one  of  Spalding's  on  the  disc.  Let  me  repeat 
an  incident  just  related  by  Moore.  He  was  playing  a  violin 
solo  with  his  new  reproducer.  His  back  was  turned  to  the 
door  and  unknown  to  him  Aiken  stood  there.  He  said  "I  am 
going  to  send  for  a  cylinder  record  of  a  violin  solo  which 
the  Committee  turned  down  last  night  because  it  was  squeaky 
and  harsh".  He  sent  the  boy  for  it  and  told  him  also  to  ask 
Ireton  to  come  up.  When  the  record  had  been  played  with  the 
new  reproducer,  Ireton  said  "  I  don’t  know  why  we  need  a  disc 
machine".  I  told  Moore  I  would  relate  this  incident  to  you, 
and  he  Baid  he  was  afraid  to  because  it  might  load  you  to 
expect  too  much  on  your  return.  It  seems  to  me  that  if  the 
new  reproducer  turns  out  as  well  as  it  has  started  there 
ought  to  be  a  revival  in  our  cylinder  record  business. 

L.  Ott  thought  he  would  send  a  report  today,  but 
says  he  has  had  a  lot  of  hard  luck  in  his  experiments  with 
bags  bursting,  etc.,  and  the  report  will  come  later. 

Yours  very  truly, 

77m.  Meaiowcroft. 


March  29th,  1912. 

Memo  To  Mr.  EdiBon:- 

The  cell  made  of  the  plates  you  treated  is  improving. 
On  its  9th  run  it  yielded  180  to  I.V.  and  218  to  .6  V.  The 
oapaoity  is  good,  hut  the  curve  still  haB  a  lopping  off  tendency 
during  the  latter  half  of  the  discharge.  It  is  improving  though 
on  each  successive  run. 


Cells  having  different  amounts  of  Li  from  50  to  90 
grams  in  215?  KOH  still  show  increase  in  capacity  for  700  runs, 
where  the  amount  of  Li  is  low.  At  80  grams  the  curve  is  aboiit 
level  and  at  90  grams  it  shows  a  tendency  to  drop  off  after  about 
500  runs.  The  90  gram  cells,  however,  still  have  the  greatest 
capacity  in  spite  of  the  opposite  trend  of  the  curves. 


A  comparative  test  is  being  made  with  two  cells 
which  repeatedly  are  allowed  to  stand, about  three  months  at  a 
time,  idle  empty  and  with  filler  caps  open.  One  stands  charged 
and  the  other  discharged.  The  cell  which  stands  discharged  is 
practically  unharmed,  but  the  other  has  dropped  from  186  to  173 
on  overcharge  after  one  such  stand,  this  capacity  being  taken 
on  the  3rd  and  4th  run  after  the  stand. 


Here  are  some  results  from  Fes  put  up  by  Horton  in 
small  cellB:  N 


R.A.  Fe  Exp.  1562  10#  Hg  0 

82- 7.480  Gm. )  Hew  iron  through  80  mesh. 

83- 7.480  "  )  Reduced  at  900®  p.  Cooled  in  H 

H  replaced  by  H. 


Hormal  Temp. -2110 
"  "  2175 

35°  -470  to  I.V. 
35°  -370  "  " 


(  R.A:  Fe  Exp.  1666  10#  Hg  0 

(  Hew  Iron  through  100  mesh 

8.150  gm.  (  Reduced  at  800°  F.  Cooled  in  H 

(  H  replaced  by  h. 

Hormal  temp.  -1886  35°  -1440  to  I.V. 




- 1  R.A.'“fe  Exp.  1550  10J5  Hg  0 

107- 1-J-  It.  tamp-  {  100  Mesh  reduced  ana  cooled  In  H  replaced  by  If 

7.775  gm.  (  Feeds  with  difficulty.  Pockets  crimped  only, 

108- 2-J-  lh.  tamp-  (  not  corrugated. 

8.675  gm.  (1Q7  Kormal  Temp>  2900  35o  _  1735 

Results  (  108  "  "  8950  "  8340 


109- 3  lh.tarap  (  Reg.  S.B.  Iron  lot  1917 

9.08  gm.  (  .005”  stock  crimped,  not  corrugated 

110- 2  lh.  tamp  ( 

8.98  gm.  formal  Temp.  2365  35°  -  1075 

111- 2  lh . -tamp , 
9.59  gm. 

112- 3  lh.  tamp 
10.46  gm. 



;  l  Regular  iron  #1917 

(  .003"  stock  crimped,  not  corrugated  Crimped 

l  'hntnnan  flat  surfaces,  not  regular  cr-irminsr 

111  normal  Temp.  2600  35°  -  1695 

112  ”  "  1550  "  -  1090 

2  lh.  tamp 
9.01  gm. 



(  louis  Ott  Fe  Exp.  6  Elec. 

(  Ground  fine  in  mortar  and 

Normal  —  1325  35°  -  730 

Fe  8$  Hg  0 

passed  through  120  mesh 

Attached  is  a  copy  of  the  circular  Holland  got  up 
tions  have  been  made  this  morning. 





Free  Instruction  in  Storage  Battery  Practice 

There  is  a  large  demand  for  men  competent  to  care  for  and  to 
operate  storage  batteries  in  automobiles  and  elsewhere.  The  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co.  is  constantly  being  applied  to  for  such  men  at 
salaries  ranging  from  $J 5. 00  to  $30.00  per  week. 

To  meet  this  need  Mr.  Edison  has  authorized  the  formation  of  a 
class  under  the  direction  of  Mr.  W.  E.  Holland,  Chief  Electrical 
Engineer  of  the  Company,  to  instruct  men  free  of  charge  in  battery  and 
vehicle  practice;  and  when  they  have  become  proficient,  to  furnish  them 
with  recommendations,  place  their  names  on  file  to  be  notified  of  positions 
vacant,  and  otherwise  to  assist  them  in  securing  suitable  employment. 

The  class  will  meet  one  evening  a  week,  commencing  about 
April  15,  1912,  and  in  addition  to  the  lectures  delivered  at  these 
meetings,  opportunities  will  be  afforded  for  the  members  to  witness  the 
manufacturing  processes  in  the  Storage  Battery  Works. 

Application  for  admission  to  this  class  should  be  made  at  once  by 
men  over  18  years  of  age  who  wish  to  take  advantage  of  this  unusual 
opportunity,  as  the  number  will  be  necessarily  limited. 

There  will  be  no  financial  obligations  of  any  kind. 

Applications  must  be  ntade  either  in  person  or  in  writing, 
( stating  full  name,  address,  age,  whether  married  or  single ,  previous 
and  present  employment,  and  references )  to: 


Chief  of  Battery  Department, 

Edison  Laboratory,  Orange,  N.  J. 


ORANQE,  N.  J. 



March  27,  1912. 

This  18  the  thira  test  and  was  started  at  6  A.M.  to^ 
charge  the  27  A~4E^  oncells^ ^J^r^and  when  charging  current 
battery  voltage  without  cur  A-i^rlz  9  The  charging  usea  3 
was  put  on  the  voltage  rose  to  4A’*1/^wat^  aua  1-l/a  cuPb  of  oil 
gallons  of  gasoline.  5  gal.  3  qt.  of  water  flliea  only  the 


US'S  tSe  reading  lor  every  half  hour:- 

...  ~e  when  ah  arsing  current  was  stopp- 

The  voltage  of  1)at*?ry  ™e“  afopped  to  27. 

when  discharge  was  started  voltage  uropp 

Voltage  on  lamps  -  27 
Eegulat or8 resist anc e  arm  5  points  in. 

ed  42  t 
1:00  P.  I 

1:30  P.  H. 

Voltage  on  lamps  ”29 
Amperes  used  -  - 

Regulator  resistance  arm  1  point  in. 

Voltage  on  lampB 
AmpereB  used  -  - 

Regulator  resistance 

arm  onfirst  point  in. 



The  6  ampere  fuse  for  the  S1**  r"“  *  ther6 

lamps  on  this  line,  -  fuse  replaced  immediately. 

P‘  M‘'  Voltage  on  lamps  -  30~l/2 
Amperes  used  -  -  2»-i/c 

Regulator  arm  on  first  point. 

Remarks :- 

.  t  aSeSotW!ast°“t°a  few  SSrtK^tffiffSS^f'tSS  chlrge 
andP  d  is  charge  seLsTo  hfdoing  away  with  this. 

3:00  P.  M. 

was  32. 
3:30  P 

Voltage  on  lamps  -  30 
Amperes  used  -  - 

Resistance  all  out. 

M.  „„ 

Voltage  on  lamps  -  30 
Amperes  used  -  -  29 


Mar oh  27,  1912. 

I  out  off  discharging  for  10  minutes  and  started 

generator  for  demonstration  of  the  lighting  plant. 

4.00  P.  Voltage  on  lamps  -  29 

Amperes  uBed  -  -  23.B 

4. HO  P.  M.  Voltage  on  lamps  -  28 

AmpereB  used  -  -  23 

5.00  P.  M.  Voltage  on  lamps  -  26.5 

Amperes  used  -  -  27 

5:30  P.  M.  „  -—c  c 

Voltage  on  lampB  - 

AmpereB  used  -  -  26 

6.00  P.  Voltage  on  lampB  -  23 

Amperes  used  -  -  25 

After  this,  discharge  of  5  hours  the  lampB  were  Uurn- 

compared  Sltf l2-l/Hhfor^sterday°Hnayi4CforBthe  dayWore. 


•/  t  V 

March  29th,  1912. 

bbpobt  to 

The  orrrnfjoniertB  for  the  clrns  in  storage  battery 
nrscticc  hive  been  completer.  I  enclose  herewith  n  circular 
we  hrvc  he  6  printed  for  distribution  around  the  work's, 
among  the  nearby  vehicle  manufacturers  ,lr  the  large  garageB, 
such  rs  the  A  dans  "xpre3S  Coopery,  end  in  the  v.m.c.a.’s 
and  High  Schools  of  Ora.rge  rr.d  TVrsrk.  V.o  doubt  thl  3 
notice  will  hiring  a  large  number  of  renliea.  _  Then  we  can 
croDS  the  applicants,  leave  out  the  undesirable  end 
enroll  only  the  most  promising  me  tori rl,  for  the  class  aunt 
necessarily  he  limited  in  nunher.  Te  have  planned  to  hrvc 
the  class  start  April  1st,  hut  the  notices  were  held  up 
for  e  long  time  by  the  printer,  and  the  lent  err.  elides  we 
shi-n  use  ore  not  yet  ready,  so  decided  to  postpone  the 
opening  of  the  class  until  April  15th.  Smith  rr.d  I  have 
laid  out  the  course  carefully,  and  it  is  our  plan  to  hive 
examinations  at  the  end.  V'e  shall  enroll  only  people  who 
will  agree  to  start  In  with  the  first  lecture  and  attend' 
the  whole  seri as. 

Do  you  not  think  it  would  he  well  1.o  send  one  of 
our  data  hooks  of  Curves,  etc.  to  each  of  ihe  Teohnicrl 
Collowec  for  their  reference  libraries.  Smith  1  hive 
crone-  over  all  the  Curves  and  revised  them  to  include  the 
A-10  end  A-12  tyws,  end  to  bring  them  right  up-to-date 
in  every  respect.  wc  have  also  tried  to  plot  them  so 
that  they  arc  sol  f-OTcpi  a  r.r  to  ry ,  and  clear.  They  seer:  to 
moot  with  groat  frvor  by  all  who  receive  them.  1  have_ 
a  card  ir.dox  of  the  names  of  engineers  who  receive  the  data 
books,  end  we  ah.ew  shall  send  rev;  Curves  arfl  data  from  time 
to  timo  to  i?dd  to  the  books  or  to  supersede  the  old  Curves. 

ourt  of 
of  the 

In  regard  to  ileo.  Shrct,  the  conditions  there  arc 
Improvin'  wonderfully  under  the  direction  of  our  irsoeetor, 

Mr.  B1nnrny>who  is  stationed  there  still.  Mr.  IcCompte 
resigned  his  position  as  garage  Superintendent  1 
weeks  ago.  ”0  doubt  bte  wr-6  forced  to  00  thin  01 
the'  conditions  discloshf  at  f-e  7b ret  Carace.  The  r- 
Superintendert,  Mr.  Madlpcks  has  no  interest  out sloe 
Oarage,  end  seems  to  be  very  fair  and  favorable  towaj 
Batteries.  We  have  made  a  number  of  road  testa  01 
five  ton  trucks  on  their  regular  routes,  and  find  1  ...... 

takes  considerably  over  100  amperes  average  cur  re  n...  rro  t  .  x 
t'hcy  cannot  do  more  than  25  or  30  miles  without  a- boost  at 
noon:  of  course  on  a  straight  away  tost  run  they  would  ao 
far  more  than  this,  but  with  the  heavy  loads,  baa  roads  and 
long  stops  in  the  regular  route  the  mileage  is  cut  down  to  the 
figures  mentioned. 

,1  t  it 




I  L  '  .<% 

Mar.  29th,  1912. 

Page  -2- 

I  have  improved  our  Inspection  -Report  Forma  still 
further  by  increasing  tho  si  kg,  ar.d  fividing  it  ”  forms 
regular  report  and  n  special  report.  Copies  rt  toeaetoma 
are  sent  yon  horev/ith.  Tho  regular  report  t 

for  regular  inspection,  ar.d  will  he  made  out  in  duplicate, 
a  copy  bring  given  to  the  Garage  Superintendent  or  Or. nor, 

UP  duplicate  of  this  report  will  he  mao?,  but  the  ongtnr  1 
copy  will  he  sent  to  us. 

Tr,  r era rfi  to  the  signing  of  reports,  heretofore, 

,  _  -  „*L  ,'nmr-h.t  difficult  to  ret  the  oifTfture  of  the 
Owner  or  Garage  Super  inter,  dent  for"  the  reason  that  they  though 
it  night  he  tnl-en  as  their  aunro' - 1  of  the  report  for  this  , 
nr  thp  r.cvf  renort  T  fived  it  so  they  woulo  sign  in 
receipt  for  the  sony  of  the  report,  which  T  don't  believe 
anyone  ear.  object  to. 

Hoping  the  fishing  is  good,  ar.d  that  ; 
fine  health,  I  remain 

e  in 

Respectfully  yours, 


>  V  '  *4& 


Free  Instruction  in  Storage  Battery  Practice 

There  is  a  large  demand  for  men  competent  to  care  for  and  to 
operate  storage  batteries  in  automobiles  and  elsewhere.  The  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co.  is  constantly  being  applied  to  for  such  men  at 
salaries  ranging  from  $15.00  to  $30.00  per  week. 

To  meet  this  need  Mr.  Edison  has  authorized  the  formation  of  a 
class  under  the  direction  of  Mr.  W.  E.  Holland,  Chief  Electrical 
Engineer  of  the  Company,  to  instruct  men  free  of  charge  in  battery  and 
vehicle  practice;  and  when  they  have  become  proficient,  to  furnish  them 
with  recommendations,  place  their  names  on  file  to  be  notified  of  positions 
vacant,  and  otherwise  to  assist  them  in  securing  suitable  employment. 

The  class  will  meet  one  evening  a  week,  commencing  about 
April  15,  1912,  and  in  addition  to  the  lectures  delivered  at  these 
meetings,  opportunities  will  be  afforded  for  the  members  to  witness  the 
manufacturing  processes  in  the  Storage  Battery  Works. 

Application  for  admission  to  this  class  should  be  made  at  once  by 
men  over  18  years  of  age  who  wish  to  take  advantage  of  this  unusual 
opportunity,  as  the  number  will  be  necessarily  limited. 

There  will  be  no  financial  obligations  of  anyTSSRft9*^’ 

Applications  must  be  \made^gj£fee? -  in  person ^orjn-  writing, 
C stating  full  name,  address,  whettw  married  or  single ,  previous 

and  present  employment,  and  references)  to: 


Chief  of  Battery  Department, 

Edison  Laboratory,  Orange,  N.  J. 


ORANGE,  N.  J. 





(Form  to  be  used  for  information  of  a  confidential  nature  and  to  supplement  regular  Battery  Inspection  Reports.) 



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y  fff 

April  1,  1913. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

Enclosed  you  will  find  the  following  re¬ 


Burdiok,  as  to  Cement  Cabinets, 

Dinwiddie,  as  to  Educational  Films, 

Warner,  as  to  Crystallization  Films, 

Billy  Bee,  as  to  Battery  Sales, 

Dally,  as  to  Iron  -  (Samples  sent  separately) 
Smith,  as  to  battery  tests. 

Warner,  came  in  this  morning  to  bring  his  report, 
and  incidentally  related  some  of  his  difficulties  in  getting 
\a  picture  of  the  frost  on  the  window  pane.  He  has  found 
it  anything  but  easy,  it  oannot  be  done  by  simply  moisten¬ 
ing  the  window  pane,  as  that  just  shows  a  glassy  surface 
when  ftfozen.  He  has  figured  it  out  that  in  nature  the  air  in 
'  a  room  is  warmest  at  the  top  and  under  freezing  conditions 
descends  by  the  window,  the  vapor  growing  denser  as  it  gets 
lower.  His  theory  is  that  at  the  second  the  vapor  gets 
sufficiently  dense  the  frost  seizes  it  in  minute  particles 
and  deposits  them  in  crystalline  form  on  the  window  pane. 

He  is  going  to  try  and  duplicate  natural  conditions  and  see 
if  he  can  get  his  picture  in  that  way.  I  can  well  imagine 
that  it  will  be  a  wonderfully  fascinating  picture  when  it 
is  made. 


Ur.  Edison. 

Aiken  reports  that  the  freezing  test  of  the  disc 
with  paper  came  out  all  right.  They  were  subjectn>to  a  tem¬ 
perature  of  40£>'below  zero  and  then  kept  at  130°  above  in  an 
oven  for  four  days,  and  came  out  first  rate.  He  also  says 
that  the  German  silver  transfers  are  working  fine,  and  indeed 
are  so  satisfactory  that  he  has  ordered  100  more  plates. 

As  to  the  equipment,  Aiken  says  the  work  is  making 
good  progress,  and  altho'  some  of  the  parts  are  slow  in  com¬ 
ing  in  there  is  no  alarming  delay. 

yyurth  reports  that  his  regular  work  i3  turning  out 
fairly  satisfactory.  He  is  systemmatizing  things  so  as  to 
be  ready  for  the  gold  plating  process  when  the  apparatus  for 
that  is  ready. 

Blue  Amber ol  Records;  I  saw  Mr.  Philpott  who  says 
that  the  mains  for  steam  are  just  about  finished.  The  other 
parts  and  accessories  are  coming  in  slowly,  and  he  ha3  been 
much  hampered  by  the  steam  fitting  manufacturers  sending 
parts  that  were  not  in  accordance  with  orders.  They  have 
to  be  returned  and  the  waiting  for  the  proper  parts  occasions 
delay.  However,  Mr.  Philpott  is  on  the  job  every  minute 
and  is  doing  all  he  can  to  push  the  equipment  forward. 

Small  Disc  Cabinet;  Harper  has  made  a  second  cast¬ 
ing  from  Keene's  cement,  and  it  is  a  little  better  than  the 
other.  He  has  inserted  threaded  tubes  for  the  top  screwB 


Mr.  Edison. 

and  also  for  feet.'  The  surface  of  this  casting  is  better  than 
that  of  the  first  one.  He  is  going  to  save  the  second  one 
just  as  it  is  for  you  to  see  on  your  return.  The  first  one 
he  will  try  to  finish  up,  so  as  to  be  ready  for  you  then. 

He  was  finishing  up  a  mould  for  the  front,  and  will  then  make 
a  mould  for  the  top.  The  die  for  the  bottom  of  the  metal 
cabinet  will  be  sent  to  the  foundry  today,  and  work  is  pro¬ 
gressing  on  the  motor.  Take  it  altogether,  I  think  the  cab¬ 
inet  is  coming  on  without  any  loss  of  time. 

Mr.  Bliss  has  received  your  memorandum  of  the  35th 
March  about  splitting  up  the  cells  on  Ford  automobile  for 
lighting  and  ignition,  and  will  arrange  to  have  it  tried  out 
as  soon  as  possible. 

Moore  reports  that  the  German  silver  plates  are 
turning  out  very  satisfactorily.  A1  Wurth  made  five  transfers 
last  Saturday  and  they  were  all  fine,  having  a  good  polished 
surface.  There  is  no  doubt  fhat  they  are  going  to  be  all 
right  for  his  and  Aiken's  work.  Wurth  has  also  had  very  good 
results  with  transfers  from  nickel-plated  brass  plates; 
almost  as  good  as  the  German  silver,  but  there  is  one  thing 
to  be  said  in  favor  of  the  latter  and  that  is,  it  can  never 
flake  off  as  nickel-plating  might. 

Moore  is  going  ahead  with  his  experiments  on  the 
new  reproducer  for  cylinder  records,  trying  hard  to  beat 
his  previous  results. 


Mr.  Edison. 

I  enclose  newspaper  clipping  about  the  powder  mill 
explosion  at  pompton  this  morning.  It  shook  all  our  buildings 
here  violently  and  soared  all  our  people.  Everybody  rushed 
out  in  affright,  fearing  it  was  an  explosion  of  our  boilers 
or  in  the  ohemical  room.  The  strange  thing  about  it  is  that 
the  explosion  was  felt  to  the  southward  but  not  much  north¬ 

Hoping  you  are  well  and  enjoying  your  holiday,  I 


Yours  very  truly, 

Wm.  H.  Meadoworoft. 


SATURDAY.  MARCH  30th,  1912 


Frame c  no  built  has  not  proved  entirely  satisfactory 
up  to  the  pros  oh  t  time,  duo  to  excessive  weight  of  moulds .  I 
an  getting  out  a  design  to  rack  the  moulds  ono  shove  tho  other 
and  use  a  hand  hoist  for  loading  and  unloading. 

She  cradle  as  mentioned  in  report  of  March  P,3rd 
haa  not  heen  tried  out  yet,  hut  I  expect  to  try  it  the  early 
pnrt  of  next  week*  However,  I  think  tho  moulds  are  too  heavy 
for  this  to  prove  a  success. 

STOIintG  OHS  ■  TABtB 

I  am  getting  out  a  design  for  a  table  whereby  the 
workmen  will  not  turn  the  heavy  mould  over  by  hand ,  but  it  will 
bo  turned  over  on  a  pivoted  shaft,  and  oast  removed,  then  the 
mould  turned  hack  and  oiled. 

For  moving  from  car  to  table  a  hand  hoist  can 

be  used. 


The  mixer,  ns  mentioned  in  report  of  March  P3rd, 
has  been  received  and  set  up.  I  have  taken  two  oasts,  using 
the  old  mixture,  and  it  seems  to  work  satisfactorily  for  mixing. 


I  received  word  from  the  Storm  Ilf g .  Co.  that  they 
expected  to  erect  their  elevator  about  Wednesday,  April  3rd. 

I  poured  an  experimental  cast  to-day  to  try  the 
now  screw  anchors,  and  found  that  they  -would  be  satisfactory. 

1  think  nemo  of  the  hardware  used  cn  the  cabinet 
can  be  oast  in  place,  thus  saving  work  on  assembling.  I  v/ill 
have  this  tried  with  the  no w  moulds. 

I  have  turned  the  blue  prints  of  the  inside  frame 
and  drawer  over  to  Mir.  Bliss  for  building  arj  experimental  model. 





Mr.  Edison 

We  have  positive  films  of  lift  pump,  force  pump, 
double  action  force  pump  and  steam  engine.  Phe  lift  pump  is  not 
satisfactory,  however,  and  will  have  to  he  done  again. 

At  night  I  have  arranged  the  list  of  subjects  for 
films  in  alphabetical  order  in  a  oard  catalog  and  have  made  a 
number  o^  cross  references  and  some  additions, including  a  list 
suggested  by  Ur.  Ueadoworoft.  Phe  list  is  now  in  convenient 
shape  to  be  expanded  and  added  to  as  we  run  across  new  subjects 
or  matter  bearing  on  those  already  listed. 

All  of  the  network  of  old  electric  v/ires  has  been 
removed  front  Room  17.  Phe  ceiling  has  beon  painted  white  and 
rewired  for  three  large  Tungsten  lamps.  Connections  have  also 
been  provided  for  the  arc  lights  to  illuminate  models  for 

Phe  arc  lights  ordered  for  this  work  arrived  Satur¬ 
day  and  will  he  installed  ns  soon  as  possible. 

Monday  April  1st,  1912 

Very  respectfully, 

W.  W.  Dinwiddie. 


April  1st,  1912 


Mr.  Edison:- 

During  the  past  weak  I  have  obtained  two  pictures 
showing  orystnllizati on  started  by  ar opping  a  crystal  into  a 
supersaturated  solution.  I  have  also  been  experimenting  to 
crystallize  water,  hut  have  not  yet  obtained  a  satisfactory 
result  to  photograph. 

It  has  been  necessary  for  mo  to  give  more  time 
than  I  had  expected  to  the  assembling  of  my  1000  foot  film,  ns 
there  is  no  one  at  the  Film  Plant  who  has  handled  anything  like 
it  before.  Therefore  I  have  had  to  superintend  most  of  the 
work  personally.  This  film  has  been  delayed  by  an  error  of 
the  printer  in  making  the  titles,  bait  it  is  rapidly  nearing 

Very  respectfully, 

S.  G.  Warner. 


April  1st ,  1912 

Mr.  saison:- 

Ho.  rj  -  Regular  Iron  Oxide  reduced  with  hydrogen  at  1000  F. 

finishea  the  last  two  hours  with  nitrogen  made  from  colce. 

Ho.  8  -  Same  as  Ho.  7.  except  mixed  with  65?  mercury  oxide. 

Ho.  9  —  Duplicate  of  #7,  except  reduced  at  900  F. 

Ho.  3.0 —  Same  as  Ho.  9,  except  mixed  with  Gv?  mercury  oxide 
Ho.  3.1 —  Duplicate  of  Ho.  7,  except  reduced  at  BRO. 

Ho.  18-  Same  as  Ho.  11,  except  mixed  with  6#  mercury  oxide 

Ho.  13 —  Reg.  iron  oxide  reduced  with  hydrogen  at  1180  F. 
finished  the  last  two  hours  in  0  02  made  from  lime  rock  and  sul¬ 
phur  i°  a°ia- 

Ho.  14  -  Same  as  #18,  except  mixed  with  mercury 

I  intend  to  duplicate  Ho.  7,8,  9,  10,  11  and  Ho.  12, 
eXcept  finishing  with  C  02  instead  o^  nitorgen,  which  from  ap¬ 
pearance  looks  just  as  good. 



April  1st.  1912 

Memo  to  33r.  F.diBon:- 

Dast  week  I  took  four  positive  plates,  soaked  them 
40  hours  in  cohalt  Biilphate,  then  48  hours  in  21#  KOH  tma  then 
in  Alkalintwater  until  practically  free  of  sulphates.  This  v/as 
like  your  experiment ,  I  believe,  v/ith  the  exception  that  you 
used  cobalt  chloride. 

The  first  rim  on  the  new  cell  (charged  50  hours 
at  20  amperes)  gave  £13  to  l.v.  and  231.5  to  .5  V.  The  other 
on  its  first  rim  gave  105  to  l.v.  and  204  to  .6  V.  The  latter 
on  its  10th  run  rnn  v/ith  the  now  cell  (on  its  first  run)  and 
gave  only  175  to  l.V.  but  221  to  .5  V.,  shoeing  a  gain  in 
capacity,  but  a  loss  in  voltage. 

Daily's  iron  experiments  have  been  started.  The 
first  ones  give  the  following  results  at  normal  temperature: 

YOUK  30. _ l.v. 

5007  1690 

5008  1620 

5009  1320 

5010  1160 

5011  1600 

5012  1470 

5013  1290 

5014  1340 

Loading  vieighx  p  u-rans 
Cells  will  nor  be  run  cold  as 

.5  7. 








per  your  note. 

Applications  for  admission  to  .Storage  Battery  Class 
already  number  over  75. 


Dear  Hr.  Edison: 

Enclosed  you  will  find  the  following 


Hr.  Maxwell,  as  to  Home  Machines, 

Billy  Bee,  as  to  Battery  sales, 

Dr.  Goldstein,  as  to  Nickel  hydrates, 

L.  Ott,  on  same  and  Cement  Cabinet, 

Charlie  Poyer,  as  to  Lansden  Test. 

Wagoner:  I  received  your  night  telegragi  and  showed 

it  to  Billy  Bee,  who  suggested  I  telephone  to  Wagoner. 

He  was  not  in  but  I  talked  it  over  with  Stevenson,  his 
secretary,  who  understands  the  matter  quite  well.  He  said 
he  did  not  see  how  we  could  keep  track  of  the  various  bat¬ 
teries  to  estimate  the  possible  increasedlife,  but  I  told 
him  we  would  have  to  find  a  way  to  do  it.  When  your  letter 
comes  to  hand  I  will  take  up  the  matter  further  with  Wag¬ 
oner  himself.  It  certainly  Beems  to  be  no  more  than  right 
•that  if  you  so  improve  the  battery  that  their  yearly  cost 
'  is  smaller  than  they  are  now  willing  to  incur  you  should 
benefit  largely. 

Storage  Battery:  Business  has  surely  been  fine 
this  month,  and  from  the  batch  of  letters  T  enclose, 
including  reports  of  Ross  and  Thompson,  prospects  are  loom¬ 
ing  up  quite  promising.  It  certainly  looks  as  if  you  were 

Mr.  Edison. 

coming  into  your  own,  and,  for  one,  I  heartily  rejoice. 

Aiken,  has  nothing  special  to  report  today  in  re¬ 
gard  to  experiments,  hut  sayB  that  the  equipment  work  for 
making  diBC  records  is  proceeding  in  a  satisfactory  man- 

A1  Wurth  also  has  nothing  of  special  importance  to 
report  today.  He  is  making  fair  progress  with  regular 
work,  and  is  waiting  anxiously  for  the  gold  plating  appar¬ 
atus  which  is  promised  within  the  next  few  days. 

Blue  Amber ol  Records:  Mr.  Phiipott  is  making  all 

the  progressive  possibly  can  on  equipment,  but  as  I  told 
you  in  my  last  letter  the  intermediate  parts  are  slow  of 
delivery.  He  has  some  of  the  parts  for  each  end  of  his 
steam  connections  but  cannot  put  them  together  because 
the  intermediate  parts  have  not  yet  come.  He  is  pushing 
for  delivery.  In  the  meantime  he  is  making  good  progress 
in  the  selection  of  molds.  He  has  also  gotten  ready  the 
forming,  and  steaming  and  printing  appliances  for  the 
large  Higham  cylinders. 

Dinwiddie  is  hard  at  work  in  his  department.  In  ad¬ 
dition  to  a  lot  of  preliminary  work  he  is  doing  on  other 
subjects  for  films,  he  is  working  out  a  film  on  cams. 

In  this,  after  showing  the  primary  idea  and  working  of  a 
cam,  he  will  show,  as  a  climax,  two  cams  writing  out  your 

Mr.  Edison. 

name  and  drawing  a  profile  picture.  The  card  enclosed 
was  written  through  the  action  of  two  cams  he  has  made. 

This  part  of  the  film  will  probably  be  ready  when  you 
come  home.  You  have  certainly  drawn  a  prize  in  getting 
Dinwiddie,  I  think;  just  the  man  for  this  purpose,  as 
he  lays  out  the  work,  it  shows  that  he  is  capable  of 
broad  conceptions  and  is  analytical  to  a  high  degree 
besides  having  good  educational  ideas.  You  got  him  in 
good  time.  He  showed  me  a  letter  that  had  been  written 
to  him  at  Cambridge  and  was  forwarded.  It  contained  an 
offer  from  a  large  manufacturer  of  lenses  in  England, 
but  he  has  decided  to  turn  it  down. 

Pier  man  told  me  this  morning  that  by  means  of  a 
peculiar  combination  of  a  persistant  vibrator  and  a  horn 
he  has  had  great  success  in  reproducing  every  note  on  the 
piano  without  the  resonant  effect  of  the  horn.  He  thinks 
he  is  now  right  on  top  of  the  result  you  have  been  so  long 
aiming  for,  and  hopes  to  have  it  worked  out  more  fully  by 
the  time  you  return. 

Small  Disc  Cabinet;  Hamper  is  at  work  trying  to 
finish  up  one  of  the  Cement  Cabinets  to  show  you  when 
you  come  back.  The  pattern  for  the  bottom  of  the  metal 
cabinet  went  to  the  foundry  yesterday,  and  the  casting 
is  expected  by  Saturday  of  this  week. 


Mr.  Edison. 

Mr.  Wilson  just  told  me  that  everything  relating 
to  the  disc  machine  is  coming  through  all  right.  Nothing 
of  a  special  nature  to  report. 

Anderson  reports  that  the  matters  in  his  charge  are 
going  all  right  and  fchere  are  no  extraordinary  delays  to 
interfere  with  progress. 

Your  return.  Will  you  please  advise  me  about  the 
date  of  your  return  so  that  I  may  know  when  to  send  my 
last  letter?  I  expect  to  write  again  on  Friday  of  this 
week.  In  the  natural  course  of  events  I  would  write  again 
next  Monday.  The  letter  of  that  date  would  not  reach  you 
before  Wednesday,  the  10th.  If  you  expect  to  leave  that 
day  the  Jetter  would  not  reach  you.  Hence,  I  shall  be 
glad  to  be  advised  in  order  that  I  may  act  accordingly. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Wm.  H.  Meadowcroft. 

&  <f.  hive 
'JxtcU*.  ta 

Zvan.3  a-i 

dkj  -2  o 

tjiyUe.  a. 

tv-tr-rfo  er-y,  hi^. 


April  2,  1912. 

i'r.  Edison: 

In  ro  Homo  notion  Picturo  Machine. 

110  machines  ore  now  on  the  shelf,  but  the  uoru 

canes  for  tin:  first  lot  of  machines  by  April  13th. 

The  sample  220  volt  transformers  and  rheostats  have 
not  yet  boon  received  bat  arc  momentarily  expected.  Mr.  Farrell's 
department  will  keep  after  this. 

Mr.  Gall  has  completer  the  Instruction  Sheets  on  the 
Hemet  end  Arc  Light  Equipment.  '."’acre  is  not  so  much  rush  on  the 
Acetylene  Instruction  ...hoot,  and  there  certain  additional 
data  which  he  wants  before  writing  those  instruction:-.  These 
will  he  at  hand  and  the  Acetylene  instructions  will  bo  written 
on  Hr.  Gall’s  return,  from  Chicago. 

All  of  the  printed  matter  seems  to  ho  coming  through 
in  good  shape. 

It  is  expected  that  one  or  more  jobbing  connections 
will  bo  established  in  Hew  York  City  this  week.  She  prospective 
jobbers  have  boon  holding  off  for  various  reasons,  but  it  scene 
1  likely  that  at  least  one  of  the  negotiations  will  culminate  in 

a  contract  in  the  near  futuro.  Other  contract::  elsewhere  are 
j  pending*  The  phonograph  jobbers,  in  many  instances ,  seem  to 


feel  tl&®  tho  margin  of  profit  to  them  is  not  sufficient ,  but 
from  present  indioutions-wo  are  not  going  to  have  any  difficulty 
in  finding  a  sufficient  number  of  good  jobbors. 

fh'c  lonsos  are  coming  along  nil  right,  also  tne 
liornat  lamps.  Ehc  latter  are  showing  quite  satisfactory  results 
under  the  test. 

I  leave  for  Chicago  this  afternoon  to  meet  and 
spend  a  few  days  with  our  demonstrator  in  that  territory. 


April  3rd,  1912. 

Mr.  Thoms  A.  Edison:- 

Dear  Sir:-  The  nickel  hydrates  which  I  reported 
to  you  last  time  were  all  dried  in  pie  plates,  therefore  I  have 
made  duplicates  of  these  as  follows,  using  in  all  cases  the 
same  amount,  and  specific  gravity  of  both  the  111  S04  and  Ha  OH 

Six  samples  made  hy  pouring  into  a  copper  beaker 
690  g  Hi  S04  into  520  g  Ha  OH  while  constantly  stirring  with 
an  egg  heater,  let  stand  two  hours,  then  stirred  again  and  sqxieez- 
ing  out  of  the  hag, into  which  the  sample  was  put,  the  following 
percentages  of  sulphate  liquor:  10,  20,  30,  40,  50,  60/5. 

These  were  all  done  cold.  All  placed  in  the  monel  metal  pans 
and  then  dried. 

Six  samples  the  same  as  above,  except  that  the 
Hi  S04  was  heated  to  80  -85°  0  and  poured  into  the  Ha  OH  also 
heated  to  80-85°  C  under  constant  stirring  ,  then  allowed  to  he 
heated  and  stirred  for  10  minutes  to  insure  an  even  mixture, 
put  into  hags  and  squeezed  out  the  10-20  etc.  to  60$  of  sulphate 
liquor  as  before,  put  into  monel  metal  pans  and  dried. 

J.  Goldstein 


Another  mould  was  poured;  the  Keene's  cement  was 
mixed  very  thin  in  order  to  see  if  the  results  would  he  any 
better.  It  came  out  with  many  large  air  holes,  even  though 
we  kept  pumping  while  it  was  being  poured.  So  we  tried  another 
one  mixed  very  thick,  even  thicker  than  the  first  one  which  came 
out  so  good;  this  one  came  out  fine,  even  better  than  the  first, 
and  we  shall  leave  it  as  it  came  out  o:"’  the  mould  so  you  may 
see  it  as  it  is. 

The  first  mould  we  shall  clean  off  a  little  from 
finger  marks  when  the  holes  etc.  for  the  motor  frame  and  horn 
bracket  are  drilled  in.  After  it  is  cleaned  I  shall  paint  it 
with  a  solution  of  alum,  as  I  find  that  this  hardens  the  surface 
cTiite  a  little. 

Yours  respectfully, 
ludwig  Ott. 


April  Sr  a,  1912 


lOro  limed  an  Teat  started  yesterday  and  is  run 
under  the  name  conditions  as  hofore.  Having  a  load  of  2,600  11)8. 
of  iron  and  rvm.  '.over  the  sane  course. 

Total  milos  - —  1346.9 
Day's  milosse  —  60.2  Eiileii 

Condition  of  Taruolt 

T*ia  truolc  ia  in  the  Eane  condition  as  whon  it 
loft  Hero,  Palou-ufiry  26thiy  1912. 

Condition  of  Conrne 

«y»*in  hoivvy  rs  inn  have  mode  tho  ntrootn  vory  Buddy 
nnd  ospooielly  Cherry  f.t. 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 


Orange, N.J.,U.S.A.  April  3rd,  1912. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Fort  Myers,  Fla. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

Please  find  enclosed  copy  of  reports  from  Mr.  Ross 
and  Mr.  Thompson. 

Hote  what  Mr.  Ross  says  in  regard  to  Mr.  Hewcomb 
of  Horfollc,  Va.  He  has  recently  lean  sending  us 
a  large  amount  of  business  and  it  looks  as  if  in 
a  small  city  providing  one  has  capital  that  this 
is  the  way  to  do  it. 

I  am  sending  you  copies  of  letters  that  Mr.  Thompson 
received  from  the  Illinois  Central  Railroad.  While 
we  haven't  the  official  order  for  the  2500  cells, 
the  letter  from  the  Vice  President  Mr.  Thompson 
claims  is  as  good  as  an  order.  Thompson's  report 
shows  prospeots  of  a  very  large  business  with  the 
Railroad  people. 

Yours  very  truly, 
(Signed)  W.  S.  Bee. 

Manager  of  Sales. 



April  2nd,  1912. 

ME.  BEE: 

On  March  14th  I  called  on  Mr.  A.  D.  Newcomb, 
President  of  the  Southern  Electric  light  &  Power  Supply¬ 
ing  Corporation  of  Norfolk,  Va. ,  and  made  quite  a 
thorough  investigation  of  their  automobile  lighting 

In  the  oity  of  Norfolk  (total  population 

Their  system  of  operation  is  as  follows: 
Customer  pays  §25.00  for  having  hiB  oar  wired  and 
eleotric  fixtures  installed  and  agrees  to  pay  them 
SI, 50  per  month  for  the  rental  of  the  battery,  together 
with  §.50  for  each  exchange,  the  Southern  Co.  retain  the 
ownership  of  the  battery.  Our  regular  steel  boxes  are 
mounted  on  the  running  board  and  Southern  Co.  keeps 
the  key  so  that  customers  must  come  back  to  them  for 
recharging  and  cannot  tamper  with  the  battery. 

Operating  on  this  system  necessarily  ties 
up  a  large  amount  of  capital,  they  fully  realize  this, 
and  are  willing  to  invest  a  half  a  million  dollars  if 
necessary.  They  are  realizing  50JS  a  year  on  the  money 
thus  invested  aside  from  revenue  derived  from  charging  and 
sale  of  lamps  and  accessories.  The  stock  holders  are 
very  enthusiastic  and  refuse  to  sell  their  stock  at 
prices  far  in  advance  of  cost  to  them. 

The  Company  seems  to  be  managed  in  a  very 
business-like  manner,  and  as  a  result  of  my  investigation 
I  am  thoroughly  convinced  that  there  are  tremendous 
possibilities  along  this  line.  They  are  preparing  to 
open  up  new  territory  as  rapidly  as  possible,  the 
volume  of  business  we  may  expect  to  derive  from  this 
source  Boeras  to  be  almost  unlimited. 

Their  standard  equipment  consists  of  five 
cell  B-4  battery.  Grey  &  Davis  lamps,  Cutler  Hammer, 

Group  pull  switch  and  special  low  consumption  Shelby 
tungsten  lights,  consumption  7/8  watts  per  c.p.  So  far 
they  have  had  no  trouble  whatsoever,  lights  seem  to  stand 
up  splendidly.  Nine  and  twelve  watt  lights  are  used  for 
head  lights  according  to  customer's  specifications. 


(Signed)  E.  J.  Ross,  Jr. 

ABst.  Manager  of  SaleB. 


April  2nd,  1912, 

Mr.  W.  G.  Bee:- 

I  attach  herewith  three  letters  from  Mr.  C.  F.  Parker, 

Vice  President  of  the  Illinois  Central  Railroad 
Company.  These  letters  are  supposed  to  constitute 
an  order,  or  in  other  words,  authorize  us  to  proceed 
with  the  manufacture  of  98  setB  type  A-8H  of  25  oells  eaoh. 

The  letter  addressed  to  me  personally  from  Mr.  Parker 
was  in  reply  to  one  from  me  to  him  explaining  that 
it  was  necessary  for  us  to  have  immediate  authority 
for  us  to  proceed  with  this  work,  otherwise  we  could 
not  guarantee  to  fill  their  orfierB  in  time.  I  did 
this  to  force  their  hand  and  try  to  find  out  whether  or 
not  we  were  to  he  favored  with  their  business.  The 
results  are  explained  by  these  letters. 

The  Convention  of  the  American  Railway  Appliance 
Association,  whero  we  had  in  ray  mind  the  best  exhibit  that 
I  have  seen,  was  the  most  successful  convention  that  I 
have  ever  attended.  A  great  deal  of  enthusiasm  was  shown 
for  the  Edison  Battery  and  in  fact  our  booth  in  conjunction 
with  that  of  the  primary  battery  was  made  headquarters 
for  the  railway  men  attending  the  convention. 

A  number  of  Signal  Engineers  who  have  been  testing  out 
our  batteries  of  various  sizes  claim  some  remarkable 
results  for  them,  and  have  assured  me  that  they  will 
in  the  near  future  place  with  us  orders  for  a  considerable 
amount . 

As  an  instance  of  a  remarkable  installation  would  cite 
the  case  of  the  Michigan  Central  Railroad  who  have  eight  of 
our  A-4  operating  one  semaphore  signal.  The  train  service 
on  this  particular  branch  is  Buch  that  the  signal  has 
about  thirty  movements  per  day  and  Mr.  Moore,  the  Supervisor 
of  the  Michigan  Central  who  has  oharge  of  this  particular 
installation,  assured  me  that  the  battery  had  been  in  service 
for  three  hundred  days  without  oharge,  thus  proving  to  him 
one  of  our  claims,  viz,  that  the  Edison  Battery  loses  little 
or  nothing  on  standing  idle  as  oompared  with  the  lead  battery 
which  lost  and  would  lose  over  this  same  period  of  time  at 
least  30/5. 

The  Chicago  Great  Western  Railway,  with  whom  we  have  an 
annual  contract  assured  me  that  they  would  within  the  oourse 
of  a  short  time  order  some  22  odd  sets,  and  before  the  year 
was  out  their  business  would  at  least  amount  to  75  or  80 

Prom  the  general  tone  manifested  in  my  conversation  with 
various  railroad  managers  and  signal  engineers  we  should 
expect  within  the  next  year  a  great  volume  of  business  and 
I  am  highly  elated  with  the  prospects. 




April  2nd,  1912. 

Mr.  W.  G.  Bee:- 

The  following  are  live  prospeotB  which  it  would 
seem  to  me  we  should  get  within  the  next  oouple  of 
months : 

Haw  York  Central  Signal  600  A- 8  and  about  ZOO  A-4 

Lake  Shore  Signal  160  A-4 

Illinois  Central  (Car  Lighting)  460  A-12 

Hew  York  Central  (Signal  Dept.  )  200  A-12 

Chioago  Groat  Western  300  A-8 

Besides  this  there  is  considerable  more  business  which 
I  sun  unable  to  tell  much  about  definitely  although  X 
feel  sure  that  we  will  get  without  any  trouble. 





Illinois  CEHTRA1  R.  R.  COMPAHY, 

Chioago,  Ill.,  March  25,  1912, 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. , 

122  S.  Michigan  Ave. , 

Chioago,  Ill. 


You  will  receive  within  a  few  days  an  order  through 
our  Purchasing  Agent  for  Batteries  to  he  used  in 
oonneotion  with  all  electric  lighted  oars  in  our  new 
passenger  equipment. 

It  is  very  essential  that  this  material  he  forwarded 
to  oar  builders '  works  at  the  earliest  possible  date 
so  that  they  will  not  he  delayed  in  any  way  in  con¬ 
structing  the  oars  awaiting  receipt  of  your  specialties, 
and  I  will  appreciate  it  if  you  will  confer  with  our  Elec- 
trioal  Engineers  relative  to  having  your  prints  or  specifica¬ 
tions  approved  prior  to  receipt  of  our  order. 

The  contracts  for  all  oars  have  not  as  yet  been  placed. 

Am  unable,  therefore,  to  give  you  shipping  directions  at 
this  time.  Those  shipping  instructions  will  accompany 
our  order. 

In  this  oonneotion  it  is  very  essential  that  we  have 
your  advice  as  to  when  this  material  can  be  shipped,  and 
I  will  bepleased  to  have  an  acknowledgment  from  you 
advising  just  what  we  may  expect. 

Yours  truly, 

(Signed)  C.  F.  Parker, 

Vice  President. 



Chicago,  On  Illinois  Division 
March  27,  1912 


Mr.  H.  G,  Thompson, 

Eepresentative ,  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 

Peoples  Gas  Biag. ,  Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  Sir:- 

I  have  your  two  letters  of  the  25th.  At  the  present 
I  have  no  papers  with  me  and  am,  therefore,  unable  to 
determine  the  relative  prices  as  to  replacements  of 
materials.  However,  I  am  willing  to  take  a  chance  on 
this,  knowing  that  you  will  do  the  right  thing  and  now 
beg  to  advise  that  we  will  use  the  Edison  Battery  on  98 
passenger  train  oars  that  we  are  to  have  built. 

I  am  unable  to  give  you  definite  specifications  but  you 
are  no  doubt  familiar  with  these  and  I  merely  write  this, 
inasmuch  as  you  want  an  answer  by  Friday,  and  I  will 
arrange  the  details  upon  my  return  to  Chicago  Thursday. 

Your b  truly, 

(Signed)  C.  F.  Parker. 

Vice  President/ 





Ill.,  Mar.  27th, 


Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 

122  S.  Miohigan  Ave., 


Gentlemen: - 

Beferring  to  my  recent  letter  advising  that  we  had 
instructed  the  Purchasing  Agent  of  the  Central  of 
Georgia  Ey.  Co.  to  plaoe  order  with  you  for  two 
sets  of  Edison  Batteries, 

This  order,  together  with  order  for  the  new 
equipment  on  the  Illinois  Central  would  entitle  the 
Central  of  Georgia  to  your  price  of  §585,00  per  set. 

Wish  you  would  kindly  acknowledge  this  letter  and 
oonfirm  my  understanding.  This  is  the  price  we  gave 
the  Purchasing  Agent  of  the  Central  of  Georgia  Ey.  Co. 

Yours  truly, 

(Signed)  C.  F.  Parker, 

Vice  President. 



April  5,  1913. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

Enclosed  you  will  find  the  following  reports: 

Charlie  Foyer,  as  to  Lansden  Teat, 

"  "  as  to  House  plant, 

Billy  Bee,  as  to  Battery  sales. 

Talking  Pictures:  I  went  over  to  the  tent  yesterday  and 
today  to  see  what  progress  is  being  made  by  Higham,  and  have  found 
him  feeling  much  more  encouraged  by  results  he  has  lately  attain¬ 
ed  in  recording.  I  heard  several  records  and  could  distinguish 
everything  that  was  said  in  a  four  minute  speech,  with  the  ex¬ 
ception  of  about  five  words.  The  quality  of  reproduction  seemed 
to  me  much  better  than  that  of  some  former  records  1  have  heard. 

In  these  later  records  and  reproductions  there  waB  none  of  the 
horny,  muffled  effect  which  was  noticeable  in  the  earlier  ones, 
in  other  words,  the  later  results  are  sharper  and  more  distinct. 
Higham  and  Waddell  are  feeling  more  chipper  since  they  have 
made  this  improvement.  They  felt  quite  blue  and  downhearted  for 
a  while  as  it  did  not  seem  that  they  were  making  any  progress, 
but  are  now  more  hopeful. 

Insulating  Battery  Cans:  I  saw  Mr,  Aylsworth  last  night. 

He  says  that  he  coated  the  outside  of  a  can  and  let  it  stand 
in  caustic  potash  and  could  not  get  any  current  through  it  at 
110  volts.  He  first  tried  to  apply  the.materiaIAbut ^t  was  too 


Mr.  Edison. 

thin  and  would  melt  off  when  he  tried  to  bake  it,  so  he  had 
some  sheets  calendered  to  1/16  of  an  inch  thick  and  applied 
them  and  baked  them  on  the  bottom  and  about  two  inches  up  on  the 
outside.  He  is  now  going  to  try  it  on  the  inside  of  the  can, 
and  will  form  up  sheet  material  in  shape  like  the  .  can,  place 
it  inside;  and  inside  that  a  hot  water  bottle  to  make  the  materi¬ 
al  plastic  and  fit  to  the  interior  of  the  can,  after  which  it 
will  be  baked.  In  practice,  he  thinks  he  will  use  an  air  bag, 

instead  of  hot  water  bottle,  to  press  the  material  to  the  sides 

of  the  can  and  then  by  heating  the  can  will  cause  the  material 
to  adhere.  He  will  probably  have  all  this  ready  when  you  return. 

He  says  that  the  oost  of  the  bare  material  alone,  without  any 

labor,  is  about  16  cents  a  pound. 

A1  Wurth;  He  says  that  the  factory  has  lived  up  to  promise 
and  has  the  apparatus  for  gold  plating  all  ready,  but  it  cannot 
be  tried  yet,  as  the  glass  people  have  fallen  down  on  their 
promise.  The  glass  jar  is  not  yet  ready  but  is  to  be  delivered 
next  Tuesday.  It  has  taken  more  time  than  was  anticipated  to 
make  the  mould.  Wurth  says  the  German  silver  transfers  work 
out  fine,  and  the  remainder  of  his  work  is  progressing  fairly 

Aiken  says  he  has  nothing  special  to  report  except  that 
the  equipment  is  going  more  slowly  than  he  ’would  wish  on  account 
of  the  slow  delivery  of  supplies  and  parts. 


Mr.  Edison. 

Philnott:  Thi3  is  also  the  burden  of  Mr.  Philpott's 
song.  He  is  aggravated  by  the  non-delivery  of  important  parts 
and  also  by  the  delivery  of  parts  not  ordered  and  the  attempt 
of  the  supply  houses  to  induce  him  to  use  these  improper  parts. 
Philpott  says  he  has  designed  his  plant  so  that  there  will  not 
be  a  large  monthly  expense  account  for  repairs,  and  to  this  end 
he  has  carefully  figured  out  every  detail  and  knows  just  what 
parts  will  be  most  suitable  and  permanent.  While  he  chafes  a 
great  deal  under  the  delay  caused  by  the  hardware  and  steam¬ 
fitting  supply  houses,  he  thinks  it  will  pay  in  the  long  run 
to  have  the  plant  right  in  the  first  place,  so  he  is  patiently 
weeding  out  the  material  and  keeping  only  that  which  is  correct. 
In  the  meantime,  he  is  going  on  with  the  printing  of  records 
for  selection  of  moulds  so  as  to  be  ready  for  a  quick  start  when 
the  plant  is  finished. 

Powers  is  trying  hard  to  have  a  few  feet  of  colored  film 
ready  to  show  you  on  your  return.  He  is  not  quite  sure  and  does 
not  want  to  make  any  promises,  but  is  trying  his  best. 

Small  Disc  Cabinet:  Harper  is  making  good  progress  on 
this  and  on  all  the  parts  and  hopes  to  have  one  to  show  you  when 
you  come  back,  or  very  quickly  afterward.  He  expects  to  get  the 
castings  for  dies  for  bottom  of  metallic  cabinet  this  afternoon. 

Wagoner :  I  received  your  memorandum  yesterday  and  showed 

it  to  Billy  Bee.  After  talking  the  matter  over  with  him,  he 


Mr.  Edis 

said  it  would  be  a  good  thing  to  send  a  copy  of  it  to  Mr. 
Wagoner,  and  I  did  so  but  left  blank  the  name  of  the  R.R.  Co. 
you  mentioned.  X  thought  it  would  not  be  well  to  let  the  name 
be  known.  Mr.  Wagoner  will  3ee  from  your  memo,  just  what  "ou 
think,  and  then  can  go  on  with  any  urgent  cases  he  may  have 
on  hand  unless  he  utterly  disagrees  with  your  views. 

Home  Machine:  Mr.  Farrell  has  just  informed  me  that  he 
closed  with  one  New  York  jobber  yesterday,  J.  H.  Holberg, 
for  200  machines  and  the  regular  quantity  of  film,  -  $10,000. 

Moore  reports  that  all  the  German  silver  transfers  are 
still  fine.  He  is  hard  at  work  on  the  new  reproducer  for  cyl¬ 
inder  records.  He  has  taken  those  apart  that  he  has  already 
made,  and  is  analysing  them  minutely  to  see  if  he  can  make 
improvements  so  as  to  beat  what  he  has  done. 

Mr.  Bliss  says  the  Ford  dynamo  will  be  ready  tomorrow. 

In  the  meantime,  the  Ford  car  with  equipment  is  being  run  daily 
and  works  out  all  right.  As  soon  as  he  eets  some  low  volt 
lamps,  Mr.  Bliss  will  try  out  your  scheme  of  splitting  up  the 

Yours  very  truly, 

Wm.  H.  Meadowcroft. 

(P. ?TU>crrc-  rme.  'ca  Jizftcytj  'mtrre- 


April  4th, 1912 


Total  Miles  —  1497.2 
Bay’s  Milos  —  90.1 

Condition  of  Chassis  —  Truck  running  O.K. 

Conaition  of  Course  — 

Cherry  St.  too  dangerous  for  the  night  driver  to 
go  through. 

Trips  around  bourse  --  6  trips 

Renarks  —  O.K. 


April  5th,  1912 


Total  HileB  —  1575.1  Hiles 

Bay's  Miles  —  77.9  Hiles 

Condition  of  OhnsBis  —  0.  K. 

Condition  of  CourBe  —  Cherry  St.  now  passable 

Remarks  —  The  leads  on  the  ampere  hour  meter  broke  loose 
last  night  due  to  pounding  on  cobblestones. 


I  '  April  Bthip  1912 


I  took  a  plug  and  screwed  it  into  a  socket  in 
tho  various  rooms  ana  ran  a  lamp  cora  to  a  double  throw 
switoh  in  the  basement. 

On  one  side  of  the  double  throw  switch  1  had 
wireB  to  ray  battery,  and  on  the  other  the  wires  to  the  lamp 
socket,  and  in  this  wny  I  could  very  quickly  get  my  readings 
of  the  battery  ana  of  tho  lamp. 

The  readings  on  the  battery  wore  taken  across  the  line 
and  after  the  regulator,  so  ns  not  to  get  tho  drop  of  ny  regulator. 

In  tho  sitting  room  on  the  aooond  floor,  which  is 
the  last  room  on  the  line  from  the  battery,  I  could  not  ice  a 
drop  of  l/5  of  a  volt,  ona  in  tho  other  rooms  Whioh  are  not  so 
near  tho  end  of  tho  line,  there  was  no  noticeable  drop  on  the 
meter,  whioh  was  100  scale  volt  motor. 

q  .a . 


April  6th,  1912 

Dear  IJr.  Eflison:- 

Herewith  X  sen?,  you  reports  as  follows: 

Burdick,  as  to  Cement  Cabinet s 
Charlie  Poyer,  as  to  Dansden  Tests 
Billy  Bee,  as  to  Battery  Sales 

Ily  usual  week  end  condensation  of  Storage  Battery  and 
Cement  Reports. 

Allow  ne  to  offer  my  congratulations  on  Billy  Bee's 
report,  which  is  a  "bumper "  one  -  Just  to  think  of  it,  one  day's 
orders  amounting  to  $162,000  i  I  hope  I  may  see  the  day  when 
this  will  appear  quit'-  ordinary. 


I  enclose  a  letter  from  3illy  3ee  about  3ailey's 
account.  You  will  also  receive  a  memorandum  from  Harry  Killer 
on  this  matter. 

Unless  X  hear  fr an  you  to  the  contrary,  I  will  not 
write  you  next  Monday,  as  X  do  not  know  what  day  you  expect  to 
1  eave . 

Wishing  you  a  safe  journey  home,  I  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 


on?  of  fh ogre sc  for  v/f.kk 

RUDIHG  SATURDAY,  APR II.  6th,  1912 



I  have  given  the  shelf  scheme  a  fair  trial  during  the 
mat  week  ana  ao  not  belief  they  will  ho  satisfactory.  These 
shelves  are  all  right  for  the  snail  raouias,  hut  the  largo  mouldB 
are  too  heavier  Iwo  non  to  handle.  This  i^^omactualex- 
•nerience.  There  arc  four  heavy  raouiasto  one  cabinet,  or  at 
a  production  of  16  cabinets  per  day,  a  totalofSO 
for  handling.  This  is  fron  handling  tho  old  set  of  moulds, 
the  new  sot  being  heavier. 

I  believe  by  building  the  frame  in  four  separate 
shelves  and  lifting  each  shelf  with  its  mould  by  means  of  a 
hand  travelling  hoist,  this  trouble  could  he  overcome. 

mho  oar  in  itself "is  alrieht,  one  man  being  able 
to  push  the  oar  loaded  to  its  fullest  capacity. 


This  table  was  tried  out  Thursday,  and  I  believe 
with  a  few  modifications  and  in  connection  with  said  hoist, 
this  will  work  satisfactorily. 


For  miring  material  the  above  seems  to  work  all 
right.  For  manufacturing  on  a  large  scale  I  would  euggecta 
continuous  mixer,  because  of  its  automatic  feed,  insui  tag  a  con 
stnnt  mixture. 


The  "Storms”  elevator  wai?  received  Friday,  April 
5th,  and  their  men  are  at  work  installing  the  name. 

As  per  orders  of  Hr.  Edison,  with 
mixture,  I  have  notified  the  carpenters  and  tinsmiths  to  go 
ahead  with  the  seasoning  shelves  and  Bteam  ovenB. 



As  per  above  orders,  we  had  a  cabinet  crated  and 
surrounded  on  all  sides  with  eight  inches  of  excelsior.  This 
was  inspected  by  Hr.  Wober  and  found  to  bo  correot. 

Hr.  Weber  suggested  that  we  throw  the  case  around 
a  bit  here.  This  was  dona  and  the  case  opened  up  and  cabinet 
removed.  We  found  the  front  door  oraoked,  one  leg  cracked, 
the  back  door  stop  broken  off,  the  cover  hinge  loosened  up, 
and  the  oovor  cracked  on  two  opposite  oorners. 

This  handling  was  not  as  rough  as  it  would  receive 
unloading  from  a  oar,  as  the  case  was  not  lifted  from  the  floor, 
but  was  rolled  over  so  as  to  try  all  four  aides  ana  the  two  ends, 

H.  Burdick 


April  6thij  1912 


Total  Miles  —  1669.5 

Pay' 8  Miles  —  94.4 

Cdndltion  of  ChasdiB  —  0.  K. 

Condition  of  Course  —  Rough 
Trips  around  course  ~  6  trips 

Remarks :  ~  Ampere  hour  meter  completely  broken,  and  a  now 

will  have  to  he  replnared 

C?  a/l~ 

^  ft 

April  8,  1913. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

On  inquiry  at  your  bouse  I  learn  that 
you  will  not  be  home  until  the  end  of  the  week,  so  there 
will  be  time  to  reach  you  with  this  letter. 

Herewith  you  will  find  the  following  reports: 
Dinwiddie,  on  Educational  pictures 
"  on  Cam  machine 

Warner,  on  Crystallization 
Charlie  Poyer,  on  Lansden  test 
Billy  Bee,  on  Battery  Sales 
H.  H.  Smith,  on  Battery  tests. 

Aiken  reports  that  about  50#  of  the  castings  for 
his  equipment  work  have  been  delivered  and  are  in  the  ma¬ 
chine  shops.  The  other  50#  in  promised  for  today,  so  it 
is  expected  that  there  will  be  more  progress  made  this 
week.  He  says  that  the  German  silver  transfers  are  still 
coming  fine,  and  that  the  cleaning  with  brown  potash  is  all 
right  and  does  not  discolor  the  plates. 

A1  Wurth  says  he  hopes  to  have  a  test  of  the  gold 
plating  process  by  the  week  end  if  the  glasB  people  keep 
their  promise  and  deliver  the  jar  tomorrow.  He  says  also 
that  the  transfer  and  soldering  processes  are  good,  and  he 
thinks  he  is  making  some  progress  with  sub-masters.  There 

many  difficulties  with  the  latter,  but  on  the  whole 

Mr.  Edison. 

he  feelB  that  he  is  going  forward. 

Blue  Amberol  Records:  Mr.  Philpott  feels  more  en¬ 
couraged  this  morning  as  to  delivery  of  the  parts  he  lacks. 
They  are  promised  during  the  early  part  of  this  week.  The 
small  air  compressor  arrived  a  few  days  ago,  and  is  set  up 
and  connected.  Mr.  philpott  started  in  to  make  a  test  hut 
found  one  of  the  springs  too  weak,  and  will  he  ready  to  make 
another  test  tomorrow.  If  it  is  made  in  time  to  send  you 
word  as  to  results,  I  will  do  so.  Mr.  Philpott  said  he  did 
not  want  to  report  on  the  imperfect  teat  he  made,  but  said 
he  felt  hopeful. 

Talking  Pictures;  I  went  over  to  the  tent  this  morn¬ 
ing  to  see  if  there  was  anything  of  moment  to  report  to  you. 
There  was  not.  Higham  is  hard  at  work  experimenting  with 
recording,  and  I  think  he  has  made  some  improvement.  He  will 
have  several  things  for  you  to  see  and  hear  on  your  return. 

Small  Disc  Machine:  The  progress  that  is  being  made 
on  this  seems  to  be  quite  satisfactory.  Harper  is  keeping 
various  irons  in  the  fire  and  appears  to  have  them  all  well 
under  control.  Unless  something  unforeseen  happens,  I  think 
you  will  he  able  to  see  one  model  complete  on  your  return  to 
the  Laboratory. 

Moore  has  just  been  in  to  report  that  the  transfers 
(German  Silver)  for  both  Wurth's  and  Aiken's  work- continue 
to  come  out  splendidly.  There  is  a  large  number  of  addition¬ 
al  plates  for  both  coming  through.  Moore  is  still  making 

Mr.  Edii 

progress  on  the  new  reproducer  for  cylinder  records,  and  is 
working  nights  to  get  as  much  done  as  possible  this  week. 

Home  Machine:  Maxwell  is  in  Chicago  and  Farrell  in 
Boston,  so  I  have  no  report  to  send.  I  understand,  however, 
that  prospects  are  good  for  closing  with  several  other 
jobbers  very  soon. 

Walter  Miller  says  he  has  made  three  or  four  disc 
records  of  solos  with  choruses  and  two  or  three  of  orchestral 
pieces,  and  is  waiting  your  decision  on  them,  as  he  does  nit 
want  to  go  ahead  and  spend  money  until  he  finds  out  whether 
or  not  he  is  on  the  right  track. 

Musician  for  you:  I  have  advertised  for  a  player 
who  can  sing,  and  expect  to  have  answers  tomorrow.  I  will 
weed  them  out  (if  any  reply)  and  keep  the  best  on  the  string 
until  you  are  ready  to  make  a  selection. 

I  saw  Mr.  Wilson  this  morning  to  ascertain  whether 
he  had  anything  of  importance  to  report.  He  said  he  had  not, 
but  that  things  were  coming  along  all  right. 

Unless  something  of  importance  comes  up  tomorrow,  I 
will  not  report  again  before  your  return,  as  there  might  be 
some  uncertainty  about  your  receiving  mail  before  leaving. 

Very  truly  yours. 

Win.  H.  Mead ower oft. 



April  li'Ul. 



t |*i  vo.'i.vf  t.:  t:,.»  itui«  or.'  -oo'.iii-K!  ’••.i.ioi:  writes  (. 
0r..rr  ti.,:  -  pictures  nor.t  »o  .  r  ^.-endeseroft* 

A  rac  ino  cor. if  no  r.ftdn  »«ry  cheaply  on  tain  wiiieiHe 
...  rir.o  •••irr'o-v  dinplr.y  Tor  tee  lo:i. 

v.ctc"  *o  run  i*  it  niiculd  not  cool  r.'.ovo  than  two  «o31arn  to 
)•••)• -’'om.  ?j,o  two  pmn  cor  id  no  -out  on  tan  none  ehnft-  one  ° 
Coo  cv:  V.VU3.C1  move  toe  paper  nntl  the  other  tUo  pun  or  ponciJ 
.  ..r-cn.1  ,;o  -.70  ii0.vo  no"  In  not  nuited  to  the  purpose  a* 
t„  ~t,0~  t  o  operation  of  the  ca:.r.  in  the  oinftlest  ponsinie  f 
„0i  tn.)  une  of  n  no  it  to  connect  toe  tiro  erntn.  A  very 

ln(/  of  t«0.  !>olt  Kill  cot  tuo  Often  out  of  phase. 

I  >>avo  a  atrins-  bolt  for  this  that  doeo  not  stretch  evoh  more 
tnr.n  :  pir.i.o  Tire.  It  in  couponed  of  nevon  ntrm.-in  of  hookblnders flax 
thread  twisted  together  exactly  lil;o  a  wire  rope.  Thin  if  saturated  wi 
Peesrac  er.d  rosin,  it  aado  thin  after  trying  all  t“f)  ^wine  and.  finis  lin 

I  could  find. 


April  8th,  1918 


Mr.  Edison:- 

jjuring  the  paBt  week  I  have  obtained  three  pictures, 
namely:  Washing-soda ,  Asobenzol  and  Santonin. 

X  have  also  designed  and  built  an  apparatus  which 
enables  me  to  observe  the  growth  of  the  crystals  while  the 
picture  is  being  taken.  Shis  apparatus  .works  very  well  and 
should  be  applicable  to  motion  picture  cameras  in  general, 
with  some  modifications. 

Very  r  espeetfully, 

S.  0.  Warner. 


April  8th,  1918. 

TiAHS3)B3  TO  * 

Total  Miles  —  1716.0 

P.t-y'B  Miles  —  46.5 

Condition  of  Chassis  —  0.  K. 

Condition  of  course  --  Rough 
Trips  around  course  —  3  trips 

RennrkB:  --  Only  three  trips  worn  nade  Saturday,  as  the  night 
driver  was  Hi ok  ana  no  runs  were  made  at  night. 


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